Grey Herons in gardens
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When confronted with a Heron sitting in a tree gazing down at your prize goldfish you are faced with a dilemma: to grab the camera and stealthily stalk closer to get a picture or wave your hands around like some … Read More

Early nesting British birds: Moorhen
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The first young birds we’ve seen this year were these Moorhen chicks on Polgigga duckpond near Land’s End. The chicks provided considerably more entertainment than the Night Heron sat on the waters edge only a few yards away! One of … Read More

Night Heron in Cornwall
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This Night Heron has been at Polgigga duckpool, near Land’s End, for the last week. It was certainly easier to photograph than many we’ve seen before. So often they spend much of the day hidden away in the trees, only … Read More

Little Egrets
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Little Egrets are now more commonly seen than Grey Herons on Falmouth beaches. This one was fishing on Gyllyngvase beach. Successfully, too, judging by the blenny that it spent a full five minutes trying to swallow. Insight into Little Egret … Read More

Water Rail in Cornwall
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Swanpool Local Nature Reserve must be one of the few places in Cornwall where you have a reasonable chance of getting a photograph of a Water Rail. They are normally not the easiest of British birds to photograph because they … Read More

Common British birds
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This morning the sound of this singing Song Thrush in the garden was the best early morning alarm call possible. Maybe, spring is finally on its way. Insight into Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos): a common bird throughout most of the … Read More

Large white British gull: Glaucous Gull
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The Glaucous Gull that has been at Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall for a couple of weeks was feeding on mackerel scraps thrown in by two boys fishing at the end of the harbour wall. Its larger size and white primaries made … Read More

British birds: photographing migrant Yellow-browed Warblers in Cornwall
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Only to birders would a sewage works hold any great appeal. Yesterday, while the rest of the country endured freezing rain, we spent a truly memorable time bathing in the sun at Carnon Downs sewage works watching an amazing display … Read More

Common British birds: Dunnock or Hedge Sparrow
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This Dunnock, often referred to as a Hedge Sparrow, was photographed yesterday feeding on crumbs left over from picnics on a bench on the South West Coast Path at Falmouth. The Dunnock is one of those birds that is often … Read More

Photos of common British birds: Jackdaw
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The Jackdaw is one of the most photogenic members of the corvid family because of its intelligent, piercing eyes that give it that mischievous, knowing look. Consequently it’s yet another of those birds which I find it difficult to walk … Read More

Predatory British gulls: Great Black-backed Gull
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This second winter Great Black-backed Gull, photographed at Newlyn Harbour, already has that ever watchful menacing look about it. Even at this young age this bird has the air of invincibility that makes it a great photographic subject. In and … Read More

Photographing British shore birds: Turnstone
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Which is the easiest British shore bird to photograph? The Turnstone must be one of the most photographed shore birds in the world because of its confiding nature and habit of feeding around busy harbours seemingly unconcerned by people. No … Read More

British gulls: Black-headed Gull and Mediterranean Gull
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The identification differences between Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) and Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) can be seen at the moment amongst the gull flock on Swanpool lake in Falmouth, Cornwall. One or two of the Black-headed Gulls and the often solitary … Read More

Photographing British birds: Little Grebe
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Little Grebes must be one of the most frustrating grebes to photograph unless you have a 500mm plus telephoto lens. They have an annoying habit of popping up well within range of a hand held 400mm lens only to dive … Read More

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results
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After the coldest night of the winter, down to 3C, the sun rose and we recorded 15 species of bird in the garden during one hours watching. The full results are shown below and will be logged on the RSPB … Read More

Wintering Chiffchaffs in Cornwall
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The long-staying Yellow-browed Warbler in Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Swanvale Nature Reserve at Swanpool on the edge of Falmouth didn’t appear today but several Chiffchaff were active in the early morning sun. Insight into Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita): a common warbler that … Read More

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