Birds

Look, no hands!

The hot weather has brought the lizards out and they were scuttling about all over the place. There were also quite a few Spotted Flycatchers and a number of House martins flying up and down the river in the vain hope of finding a bit of water....
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Vespula vulgaris

A midday wander has one distinct advantage, the absolute lack of the usual gaggle of joggers and runners on the paths. The distinct disadvantage of course, being summer, is the heat. Never mind....
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Trying to keep a low profile

With bright sunshine and long shadows, I decided to don a camouflage t-shirt to see if that made any difference when trying to sneak up on birds. However, I got the distinct impression I might as well have been wearing a fluorescent Hawaiian shirt with flashing lights and Swiss cowbells....
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European Bee-eater

There were a few birds sitting on the power lines, quite some distance away, and one looked like it had a longer tail than the rest so out came the little binocs, first time I'd grabbed them on the way out for ages. Must have known I'd need them....
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Early(ish) morning activity

The rio Chillar was a dry as a bone early this morning, then suddenly, as if someone had turned on a tap, water began to trickle down and within a few minutes there was (relatively speaking) quite a flow. At least enough to dampen the toes of the birds....
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A nice little surprise

I went for a leisurely stroll on Sunday lunchtime and, not expecting to see much at all on the wildlife front, I was generally not disappointed. Except, something caught my eye on a window ledge and it was only when I looked through the zoom that I saw what it was....
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Mallards and chicks

Mallards have always been one of my favourite ducks. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings and, to me at least, seem to project a sort of 'personality', so always fun to be around. Plenty of them at the pond, including one with the weird tuft on its head....
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Moorhens and chicks

One thing I miss where I live are the ducks, geese and other water fowl, so I always make a point of at least going down to the local pond, whatever the weather. It was sunny this time, though, which made a nice change from rain and snow....
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From a lofty perch

Crows and Magpies often sat atop high trees to survey the scene, with the occasional smaller bird giving it a go. The portly Pigeon tried it once, but fell off as he was tooooo heavy. Quite amusing to see the branch immediately sag under his weight....
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Red Kites galore

Not long ago on the verge of extinction in the UK, the Red Kite, Milvus milvus, can now be seen in many parts of the country, especially in the southeast of England and in Wales. They are constantly circling overhead, or being playful, and to see thirty or forty in a day is not uncommon at all. Some of...
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