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Also spent the best part of an hour playinghide & seek with a Goldcrest - he won, I didn't get a clear shot.

 

A few duplicates showed themselves

 

Robins are very vocal at the moment

Robin

 

a slightly better shot of a Skylark than my previous post

Skylark

 

and a better shot of Red-legged Partridge

Red-legged Partridge

 

Red-legged Partridge

 

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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

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.

I was surprised to see this fellow on one of the drainage channels running between the road and fields. I guess the biting wind coming in from the east has pushed them a bit further inland than normal

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PeterHG

Excellent pictures, @Soukous! I love the detail in the Jackdaw and the Geese.

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Galana

Some excellent birds there. Well done.

I trust that you have noted that once more you are ahead of that other chap. Enjoy.

Love the Red legs.

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13 hours ago, Galana said:

I trust that you have noted that once more you are ahead of that other chap.

 

Just a temporary aberration. I am sure normal service will resume soon. 

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Soukous
16 hours ago, PeterHG said:

Excellent pictures, @Soukous! I love the detail in the Jackdaw and the Geese.

 

Thank you. I was particularly happy with the Greylag photos. They are very common here for most of the year so not exciting to photograph.

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A short stroll down our lane produced only 1 addition. In fact I debated whether to even bother as I know I'll get closer opportunities in the coming months.

But what the hey, I'll post it anyway.

This Buzzard was sitting at the top of a tree about 110 metres away. I looked for a way to get closer but it wasn't possible.

 

#33 - Comon Buzzard - Buteo buteo

Ufford, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

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The sun was gettign low, but there were still a few birds flitting around in the hedgerows.

They are already counted in BY, but ..

 

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

Blue Tit

 

Long-tailed Tit - one of my favourite Tits. I just love the way they always go everywhere as a mob. They woosh in, grab a bite to eat and then woosh off somewhere else.

Long-tailed Tit

 

Long-tailed Tit

 

Long-tailed Tit

I did consider starting a seperate thread for photos of Tits, but thought better of it as the title alone would no doubt cause offence, if I followed the prevailing convention. :rolleyes:

 

 

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Galana

Thanks for some very cute portraits of lovely birds as well as a good belly laugh to start my day. It is a wonder that the woke brigade have not started a campaign to change bird names.

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shazdwn

I keep wanting to say I love your tits - but it just seems wrong somehow 😂

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Galana

Another day another laugh. @shazdwnand then I follow to the next thread and what do I see?

"brown as they come, but would love to see a booby, one day. "

I think I will stick with Egrets and stay out of trouble.

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3 hours ago, shazdwn said:

I keep wanting to say I love your tits - but it just seems wrong somehow 😂

 

not at all. I occasionally have Great Tits, in the garden

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Farmers lead plan to reintroduce white-tailed eagle to Norfolk

 

Bring it on. If it brings possible sightings closer to home I'm all for it.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/22/farmers-back-plan-to-reintroduce-white-tailed-eagle-to-norfolk

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michael-ibk

Love the Blue and Long-Tailed Tits!

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Galana
6 hours ago, Soukous said:

I occasionally have Great Tits, in the garden

We don't have  a garden but in summer there are lots of tits on the beach. Mainly blue in the colder months.

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13 hours ago, Galana said:

We don't have  a garden but in summer there are lots of tits on the beach. Mainly blue in the colder months.

 

we should probably stop now. I'm sure not everyone shares our schoolboy sense of humour. :(

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13 minutes ago, Soukous said:

 

we should probably stop now. I'm sure not everyone shares our schoolboy sense of humour. :(


I do and I was never even a schoolboy!! 😝

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52 minutes ago, Soukous said:

I'm sure not everyone shares our schoolboy sense of humour. 

You are probably correct. I was a Schoolboy, the archetypical Shakespearean variety, many many years ago but I DID refrain from any mention of school playing fields and net ball matches.;)

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elefromoz

Aahh so cute, the LTT has the tiniest little bill

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Soukous

A glorious sunny day. Much too nice to stay inside.

 

Our stretch of coastline doesn't have much in the way of sandy beaches, but we do have a lot of small RSPB reserves, centred around 'scrapes'. Shallow seasonal lakes.

 

There are almost always plenty of birds on the scrape at RSPB Hollesley marshes, but you really have to search for the rare visitors as they manage to stay away from the viewing areas.

 

I did spot Pintail and Shelduck, but they were both too distant for photos.

 

Quite a few Shovelers on view though.

 

#34 - (Northern) Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

Hollesley Marshes, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Northern Shoveler

 

Northern Shoveler

 

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A cold wind started to pick up and a lot of the birds moved towards the shelter of the reeds along the far shoreline, so it was time to leave.

 

Another birder who was there mentioned that he often sees Peregrine Falcons in the trees here so I asked him to point out which trees, so I coudl check for them next time I visited.

Ooh Ooh! To our surprise there was one sitting in that very tree.

 

It was very far away, but through his (very expensive) Swarovski scope it look stunning. Through my lens it was not quite so impressive.

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I took a few optimistic shots and cropped them (a lot)

 

#35 - Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus

Hollesly Marshes, Suffolk. Jan 2021

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While we were looking at the Peregrine, I noticed another shape in a much closer tree. It was a Kestrel

 

#36 - Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Hollesley Marshes, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Kestrel

 

The Kestrel swopped down to the ground and i thought it might have caught something, but when it took off all it had in its talons was grass. Nesting material?

Kestrel

 

A short distance down the coast I saw another Kestrel. This one was hunting.

Kestrel

 

Kestrel

 

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Soukous

Last, but by no means least, for my morning out.

 

#37 - Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula

East Lane, Bawdsey, Suffolk. Jan 2021

 

Tufted Duck

 

Tufted Ducks

 

Tufted Ducks

 

I would love to have stayed out longer, but I was only supposed to be delivering a birthday present :rolleyes:, not enjoying myself.

 

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TonyQ

A very productive delivery, I think!

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Galana

What a very cooperative Peregrine. Great final capture too and a worthy highlight of a good outing.

 

Re the Kestel. Not authentic but it may have just missed. I understand that raptor claws have a bone that 'locks' the claw closed after a strike so it may have to perch and unlock to lose the grass.

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