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So pleased to see one of these, let alone actually get a picture of one.

 

18.  Treecreeper

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Stanley Park  -  11/03/18

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We get Sparrowhawks in the garden fairly regularly.  This one was flying around the bushes chasing a small bird.  It didn't get it and landed for a minute.  Just managed to get these but he was jumpin

12.  Robin       Marton Mere, Blackpool  -  06/03/18

Now the big draw to this particular Reserve is the chance to see Marsh Harriers, and Spring is the best time to see them flying low over the reedbeds. This was the absolute highlight of the visit

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17 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

Pooh @Zim Girl never seen one of those....

 

Beginners luck :D

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Peter Connan

That's a really stunning photo of it!

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19.  Mallard Duck (M)

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Think this is still a male Mallard but with a different coat on.

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Mallard Duck (F)

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Just added these ones because they show up the pretty markings on the female's feathers.

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Stanley Park  -  11/03/18

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Just now, Peter Connan said:

That's a really stunning photo of it!

 

Thank you very much @Peter Connan

I have to be honest I was over the moon when I saw it.

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Galana
3 minutes ago, Zim Girl said:

Beginners luck :D

And why not? Well deserved.

Re:- Rock Dove.

Whilst the Town centre "scemmy" is technically Columba livia They are not really true Rock Doves.

"domesticus" is descended from 'Fancy' pigeons and Racing pigeons that failed to find their way home.

True Rock Doves live mainly on sea cliffs where they nest in caves.

The 'brown one in your set is called a "Mealy Chequer" by the pigeon fancier.

 

But a species is a species is a tick!

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xelas

Some excellent photos here! The Treecreeper is perfectly captured as are the different colours of a Mallard, often overviewed duck. Good work, @Zim Girl!

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lmSA84

Add to me to the list of admirers for the Treecreeper - I got one grainy shot this year and not confident that I'll do any better this year.

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TonyQ

Well done with the treecreeper, always difficult to photograph.

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19 hours ago, Galana said:

And why not? Well deserved.

Re:- Rock Dove.

Whilst the Town centre "scemmy" is technically Columba livia They are not really true Rock Doves.

"domesticus" is descended from 'Fancy' pigeons and Racing pigeons that failed to find their way home.

True Rock Doves live mainly on sea cliffs where they nest in caves.

The 'brown one in your set is called a "Mealy Chequer" by the pigeon fancier.

 

But a species is a species is a tick!

 

Thanks for the extra info @Galana, I did think Rock Dove was a bit of a stretch.

18 hours ago, xelas said:

Some excellent photos here! The Treecreeper is perfectly captured as are the different colours of a Mallard, often overviewed duck. Good work, @Zim Girl!

 

Thanks very much Alex.

 

 

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20.  Mute Swan

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Stanley Park  -  13/03/18

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2 hours ago, Zim Girl said:

I did think Rock Dove was a bit of a stretch

 

Worry not. I now at least one chap who would not hesitate to count 'feral' as well as the genuine Rock Dove. 111 & 156 2017. And I will again this year!;)

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We get Sparrowhawks in the garden fairly regularly.  This one was flying around the bushes chasing a small bird.  It didn't get it and landed for a minute.  Just managed to get these but he was jumping around a lot so not sharp.

 

21.  Sparrowhawk

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Back garden  -  16/03/18

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Dave Williams

How sharp do you want them !!!! They look good to me.

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PeterHG

Great captures of the Sparrowhawk! 

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TonyQ

I would be delighted with that sighting and those photos. ( I imagine the other birds that visit us would not be so pleased!)

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4 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

How sharp do you want them !!!! They look good to me

I second that. the head over shoulder one is especially good.

Some of us can only dream of that bird in any location let alone the garden.

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xelas

As others I would be delighted to see a raptor anywhere near my garden/balcony! And those are sharp photos, believe me!!

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michael-ibk

Very cool Sparrowhawk (never managed a picture that good) and I really like the third Swan picture. 

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Kitsafari

What a pretty bird that treecreeper is! Never heard of it so good to learn of it.

 

Re: sparrowhawk - I want your garden and your photo skills. 

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Wow, thanks for the comments everyone, particularly on the quality of the photos.

It just shows what you get used to, that was actually the second Sparrowhawk in 2 days. They often sit and wait on the fence or on top of the garage and then swoop into the bushes trying to get the birds, they are usually unsuccessful but we have seen piles of feathers lying on the grass a couple of times.

 

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So yet more trips to the park.  They have a good number of Cormorants there but often seen far away.  These are my best efforts.

 

22.  Cormorant

 

Drying out.

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Preening

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Showing their wonderful 'scaly' feathers

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Finally got one in more of a 'natural' setting

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Stanley Park  -  23/03/18

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Trying hard to find a duck that wasn't a Mallard and finally got this.

 

23.  Shoveler Duck

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Stanley Park  -  23/03/18

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Pretty sure this is the 'right' gull, some of these seem to be a bit similar.

 

24.  Black headed Gull

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Stanley Park  -  23/03/18

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