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Sitting here in the gloom of my office looking at all those eager beavers who have already launched into BY 2020 and are flying.

It is already clear that I'll be eating a lot of dust this year but I just can't bring myself to submit photos of birds on our feeder. 

 

 

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Galana
13 minutes ago, Soukous said:

I just can't bring myself to submit photos of birds on our feeder. 

Why not? There are some on here, no names, who would photograph roadkills to get ahead.:lol:

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Soukous
17 hours ago, Galana said:

Why not? There are some on here, no names, who would photograph roadkills to get ahead.

 

:lol::lol::lol::lol:

 

Not me, yet. Let's see how the year progresses. 

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xelas

What is wrong with a roadkill? It was a bird, once!

 

@Soukous, grab your camera and get out. There must be a flying object in your vicinity. Every Bird Counts!

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15 hours ago, xelas said:

What is wrong with a roadkill? It was a bird, once!

 

@Soukous, grab your camera and get out. There must be a flying object in your vicinity. Every Bird Counts!

 

most of the roadkill around here is deer, muntjac, squirrel or badger - they were never birds :P

 

Plenty of flying objects, but that is all they are on these dull dark days. 
Not very interested in EBCs, although I try to use one every time I hit a hundred marker. 

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Well, I've worked out what the problem was with my starter motor; it is solar powered.

yesterday was a glorious day - it seems like the first day this year that was not overcast or raining - and a perfect day for a stroll by the Deben (our local river).

 

Clearly everyone else - and their dogs and their baby strollers and their elderly relatives - had the same idea as it took me a while to find a parking place.

 

The light was great and the tide was far enough out so that the shoreline was not in shadow. Couldn't be better.

 

and we're off...

 

# Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

This is our only Lapwing, but it is a beautiful bird. Personally I think it is more attractive than any of its African cousins.

 

Lapwing

 

Lapwing

 

 

 

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#2 Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

River Deben, Woodbridge. UK. Jan 2020

 

Black-headed Gull

 

Black-headed Gull

 

 

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#3 - Turnstone - Arenaria interpres

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Unfortunately although they are almost always here, and therefore easy to spot, these birds like to comb the rocks at the base of the sea wall, just below the footpath so most shots are looking down on them.

 

Turnstone

 

Turnstone

 

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#4 - Redshank - Tringa totanus

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Redshank

 

Redshank

 

Redshank

 

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#5 - Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Mallard

 

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#6 Teal (Green-winged Teal) - Anas crecca

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Green-winged Teal

 

Green-winged Teal

 

Green-winged Teal

 

 

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#7 - Dunlin - Calidris alpina

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

these guys were a little far away (maybe 70 metres) as they like to forage right along the line where the tide meets the shore.

 

Dunlins

 

Dunlins

 

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#8 - Curlew - Numenius arquata

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Curlew

 

Curlew

 

Curlew

 

Curlew

 

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#9 - Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

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again a little bit distant, but I'll post this shot as a place marker in the hope of a better one later on

 

Avocet

 

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#10 - Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Black-tailed Godwit

 

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#11 - Wigeon - Anas penelope

River Deben, Woodbridge, UK. Jan 2020

 

Widgeon

 

Widgeon

 

Widgeon pair

 

Widgeon pair

 

Wigeon

 

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Peter Connan
1 hour ago, Soukous said:

This is our only Lapwing, but it is a beautiful bird. Personally I think it is more attractive than any of its African cousins.

 

 

I fully agree, it is a beautiful bird and beautifully captured too!

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Galana

Good to see your starter going at last.

A worthy walk indeed.

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An excellent start in beautiful light.

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and there's more.

This being England, we never know whether the sun will shine again tomorrow, so grab it while it is there.

 

#12 - Mute Swan - Cygnus olor

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Mute Swan

 

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#13 - Canada Goose - Branta canadensis

River Stour, Mistley, UK. Jan 2020

 

canada Goose

 

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#14 - Jackdaw - Corvus monedula

River Stour, Mistley, UK. Jan 2020

 

Jackdaw

 

Jackdaw

 

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#15 - Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna

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Shelduck

 

Shelduck

 

Shelduck

 

Shelduck

 

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elefromoz

@Soukous, glad you got some English sun, looks like a nice walk and the Birds not put off by the crowds.

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Full throttle now, @Soukous! A lovely day with lovely birds.

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