Birds

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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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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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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Young bird waiting patiently for breakfast

As I was out aimlessly wandering, I noticed an obviously very young bird sitting on a branch right next to the path. It made no attempt to fly off and didn't seem at all bothered by my presence. I can only assume it was obeying its mother's 'stay here till I get back' and was waiting patiently for breakfast....
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