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Soukous

Of course I'm in. Got to be, although it is too early to even think of a target.

 

#1 - Common Redshanks - Tringa totanus

River Deben, Suffolk. January

 

Huddled together against a biting wind

Common Redshanks

 

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It seems like an age since I last posted here. Family obligations managed to eat up the last part of August and the first 10 days of September. What with a wedding in Germany and then recovering

One of the things that my research did turn up is that Gotland is one of the very best places to see White-tailed Eagles and Golden Eagles. Apparently there are 55 pairs of Golden Eagles and 45 pairs

Anyway, enough of that, time to get back on track with a very stuttering BY.   This next one is definitely a record for me. Not a record I particularly wanted but a record nonetheless.

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#2 (Ruddy) Turnstone - Arenaria interpres

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Turnstones

 

Turnstones

 

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#3 Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Black-tailed Godwit

 

Black-tailed Godwit

 

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#4 - Teal - Anas crecca

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

I had set out looking for a couple of rarities that had been sighted on the river, I didn't find them (well one too far away for a shot) but as this was the first day of the New Year I was not properly tuned in and completely ignored 3 or 4 species that were already in my 2020 list. 

I only took this shot of the female Teal 'cos I wasn't sure of the ID straight away and she was getting further away.

 

Mrs Teal

 

Teal f

 

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#5 - Wigeon - Mareca penelope

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Mr

Wigeon m

 

Mrs

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#6 - Robin - Erithacus rubecula

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

I'm sure I'll get plenty more opportunities to photograph Robins, but it was there so why not?

Robin

 

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3 hours ago, Soukous said:

but it was there so why not?

Exactly. Bag it!

A good start from you. Lets hope we all kick in soon.

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michael-ibk

Great title and start Martin! Very impressed with your Turnstone flock - they are super-rare here so that would be quite special for me. And I don´t think I saw a Wigeon last year. (Still feels weird to talk about "2020" as "last year".)

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Something remarkable happened today, it stopped raining.

Better yet, I was allowed to take time off from building our Ark and go for a walk by the river. It was just a wee walk but of course I had to take a camera, just in case.

 

On any given day, for most of the year, a walk by the Deben in Woodbridge will find Mallard, Dunlin, Mute Swan, Ruddy Turnstone, Curlew, Common Redshank, Northern Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Teal, Wigeon and Oystercatcher.

Most of them were around today, although with it being low tide they were all a bit distant. Even so, it was an opportunity to pick off some low hanging fruit.

 

#7 - Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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#8 - Carrion Crow - Corvus corone corone

River Deben. Suffolk, Jan 2021

 

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A wee diving duck was out in the middle of the river. another tick.

 

#9 - Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficolis

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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#10 - Mute Swan - Cygnus olor

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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#11 - Dunlin - Calidris alpina

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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which leads nicely into

 

#12 - Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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#13 - Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

mallard

 

#14 - Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Black-headed Gull

 

Black-headed Gull

 

the sun even put in a very brief appearance :D

 

#15 - Curlew - Numenius arquata

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Curlew

 

Curlew

 

#16 - Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

River Deben, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Avocet

 

Avocet

 

Turnstones are pretty much guaranteed around here, and being so close to the footpath they often just ignore people passing by - or taking photographs.

I've already scored Turnstone, but this one was very obliging

 

Turnstone

 

Turnstone

 

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TonyQ

@Soukousan excellent start! Very productive along the river

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PeterHG

That walk produced a good number of additions! Beautiful Avocets and Turnstones!

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Galana

A great walk for you with some enviable sightings.

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shazdwn

Our turnstones would never let you get that close - well done

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elefromoz

a very productive walk and such variety, I really like the Songthrush amongst the thorns, great closeup,  looks like he's just waiting to burst into song

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6 hours ago, elefromoz said:

a very productive walk and such variety, I really like the Songthrush amongst the thorns, great closeup,  looks like he's just waiting to burst into song

 

No so much a close up as a heavy crop, but 'yes' nice to see one somewhere other than on the lawn.

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Zim Girl

Great collection of birds from a walk by the river, nice to see Avocets already.

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Peter Connan

Lovely photos.

 

I can clearly see why they decided to name that Gull the Black-headed. Seems like the same people who name SA birds also did the naming there.

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Galana
6 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

 

I can clearly see why they decided to name that Gull the Black-headed.

Not my thread but the Black-headed is named because the spring plumage does have a 'black ' head. (Chocolate brown actually) Currently BH's are in winter plumage but they are starting to appear.

If it is any consolation I still get confused by some SA names.

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Posted (edited)

Some assistance please

 

I am struggling to ID this bird, photographed on fields close to the beach. In fact exactly the same spot where I found Corn Bunting last year.

 

Now identified as a female Reed Bunting. 

 

#17 - Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclusE

Shingle Street, Suffolk. Jan 2021

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Posted (edited)

what a contrast to yesterday. yesterday we had freezing fog and could see nothing. This morning we have bright clear skies, and Minus 2 degrees.

Perfect for a walk.

 

#18 - Herring Gull - Larus argentatus

Shingle Stree, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Herring Gull

 

#19 - Stonechat - Saxicola torquata

Shingle Stree, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Stonechat

 

Stonechat

 

and on the way home, from the car window. A bit hurried as they were fleeing across the field. Even so I'm a mite peeved that I couldn't manage decent focus

 

#20 - Red-legged Partridge - Alectoris rufa

Shottisham, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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Tdgraves

Is it a linnet?

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24 minutes ago, Tdgraves said:

Is it a linnet?

 

I considered that, but the streaking on the back looks too heavy - almost Twite-like, except it is almost certainly not a Twite.

There were between 6-10 of them hiding in scrub.

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TonyQ

My guess would be a female Reed Bunting, but you might want a more expert opinion :D

 

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Galana

I can go with Reed Bunting too. Whitish outer tail feathers, white malar stripe and fox red primaries.

Nice fruitful outing.

The depth of field restriction was mainly to blame for the focusing of the Red-legs as the centre one is OK.

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