BIRDS

FEB 2012 MOST DUCKS HAVE NOW MIGRATED TO THEIR OWN DROP-DOWN PAGE…

MAR 2012 …AS HAVE GARDEN BIRDS

HERRING GULL, PORTHLEVEN, CORNWALL

Herring Gull Porthleven Cornwall 1 Herring Gull Porthleven Cornwall 2 Herring Gull Porthleven Cornwall 3 Herring Gull Porthleven Cornwall 4 Herring Gull Porthleven Cornwall 5

EAGLE OWL AT AN OAK FAIR, DORSET

Eagle Owl 7Eagle Owl 6Eagle Owl 5Eagle Owl 4Eagle Owl 3Eagle Owl 2Eagle Owl 1

This fine bird was part of a display at an Oak Fair in Dorset (see also BARN OWL). I only had a ‘family day out snapping camera’ with me, so the close-ups are a little ‘soft’. Never mind, the feather patterns have come out reasonably well…

BIRD ON A WIRE: A SEPTEMBER SWALLOW PREPARES FOR THE LONG FLIGHT SOUTH

A MALE ROOK WATCHES OVER THE NEST AT THE TOP OF A HUGE OAK TREE – DORSET The top of the female’s head can just be seen in the nest

A SURPRISE VISITOR IN A DORSET GARDEN

We don’t often get game birds right up by the house. Pheasants from time to time, but never before a red-legged partridge. I’ve already noticed many more in the local countryside this year – maybe they are on the increase. This is one of a pair that have been pecking around during the last few days 

BIRDS ON A WIRE – A PAIR OF STONECHATS IN FEBRUARY SUNSHINE

MALE STONECHAT  

FEMALE STONECHAT

THE STONECHAT PAIR

SWANS ON THE SERPENTINE, HYDE PARK, LONDON – on icy water

WATER DROPLETS ON A SWAN’S BACK AS IT PREENS

WHITE STORKS – PENSTHORPE, NORFOLK

CRANE – PENSTHORPE, NORFOLK

BLACK-WINGED STILT & TWO PURPLE SANDPIPERS – PENSTHORPE, NORFOLK

WHIMBREL – PENSTHORPE, NORFOLK

BLACK-NECKED SWAN, WWT BARNES

COOT CHICK – PENSTHORPE, NORFOLK

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