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This pair have been showing really well in the last few weeks and I finally managed to get a shot of both of them.

 

35.  Eurasian Stonechat

 

Female

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Male

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Marton Mere  -  13/02/19

 

 

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Last one for today.   I was walking locally at the estuary and spent ages waiting for a warbler I could hear in the reeds to show itself.  In fact, it was starting to get embarrassing as the same

Now this one I am really pleased with.  I saw this bird for the first time ever last week, but just couldn't get anything more than a smudge of a picture, it was moving around so quick.  I went out ag

And while we were there I was also able to take advantage of a group of Knot being a bit closer than usual. Looks like there is one in summer plumage towards the left of the picture and the Black-tail

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You have been busy Angie! Great additions, very nice capture of the Water Rail and a Bittern always is an exceptional sight. I also have Tree Sparrows in the garden btw but nobody would get excited about that here - they are very common in Austria.

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Interesting info on the tree sparrow as they are flourishing in singape so much so that they've nudged the house sparrow out.  The latter is seldom seen here now. 

 

Great news that they are nesting in your garden!

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Thanks both of you.  Again, it is interesting to find out what is common and what is not, in different areas.

 

I hope you had a great time in Botswana, I am sure there will be lots of lovely new additions on your BY's soon.

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@Kitsafari  Same situation in Denmark with Tree vs House Sparrows. House Sparrows used to be one of the most common birds in Denmark but is not a common sight anymore with Tree Sparrows taking over

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We only live a half hour drive away from the Forest of Bowland.  The River Brock runs through it on it's western edge and this is a very good place to see Dippers. We have seen them on every visit this year and we think there are at least 2 possibly 3 territories along the stretch of river we usually walk.  On our last visit we also saw 2 flying together (presumably male and female).

Getting a decent photo isn't easy as most of the river is in shade, but these are the best so far.

 

36.  Dipper

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River Brock  -  09/02/19

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River Brock  -  23/02/19

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River Brock  -  23/02/19  (Different bird)

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This one was a bonus while we were Dipper hunting

 

37.  Grey Wagtail

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River Brock  -  25/02/19

 

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Back to some much easier subjects.

 

38.  Herring Gull

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Near Marton Mere  -  06/02/19

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39.  Great Crested Grebe

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Stanley Park  -  26/02/19

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40.  Oystercatcher

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Knott End  -  25/02/19

 

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Lovely Dipper, @Zim Girl; not that easy to nail the focus and the exposure right, but you did it. Oystercatcher is even more notorious for exposure, again, extra good photo.

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PeterHG

I'm impressed, too, with your Dippers. Well caught!

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Galana

Nice photos. I say it every time but Dippers really do it for me.

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Thank you, and I agree they are lovely birds. I am pleased we have somewhere we can find them fairly easily.

 

20 hours ago, xelas said:

Lovely Dipper, @Zim Girl; not that easy to nail the focus and the exposure right, but you did it. Oystercatcher is even more notorious for exposure, again, extra good photo.

Thank you Alex.  I am trying hard not to 'blow the whites' on these birds.  I use the 'highlight blinking' function and exposure compensation a lot when taking photos.

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Two more 'new' birds coming up.

 

The first is fairly unusual for around here.

It was taken a while ago, I went back a couple of times to try for better pictures but no luck and now they are not being reported any more so I think they have gone.

 

41.  Egyptian Goose

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Conder Pool, Glasson Dock  -  17/01/19

 

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Now this one I am really pleased with.  I saw this bird for the first time ever last week, but just couldn't get anything more than a smudge of a picture, it was moving around so quick.  I went out again this morning and just on the off chance I waited around the group of trees I had seen it in.  After around 15 minutes there it was, and this time I did a bit better.

 

42.  Goldcrest

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Stanley Park  -  04/03/19

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Terrific Goldcrest. Always tricky on account of size and behavior. Well done.

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A few more very local birds.

 

43.  Mute Swan

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Stanley Park  -   04/03/19

 

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Pretty happy with the ID for this one - dark grey back and yellow legs.  See a good number of these in with the Herring gulls.

 

44.  Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Stanley Park  -  04/03/19

 

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45.  Great Tit

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Stanley Park  -  04/03/19

 

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1 minute ago, Zim Girl said:

Pretty happy with the ID for this one - dark grey back and yellow legs. 

Lucky You; I am never comfortable with any gull ... too often they are not what I think they are :wacko:.

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Peter Connan

Some really cracking shots again!

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@Peter Connan Thank you Peter.

 

22 hours ago, xelas said:

Lucky You; I am never comfortable with any gull ... too often they are not what I think they are :wacko:.

Well there are not too many to choose from locally, plus I cheat a bit by always checking the bird club sightings lists.:)

 

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Great to be back on ST and the BY.

 

A very common visitor to our garden.  The more confident ones will often peer in through our upstairs bedroom window hoping for a raisin snack, which we sometimes put out on the window sill.

 

46.  Blackbird

Male

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Front garden  -  23/03/19

 

Female

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Stanley Park  -  20/03/19

 

 

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