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Great Cormorant

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 20/09/2015
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo Pic By: Mark
Family: Cormorant Size: 90cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 145cm
Description: A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.

House Sparrow

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 19/09/2015
Scientific Name: Passer domesticus Pic By: Jen
Family: Sparrow Size: 14cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 21cm
Description: Noisy and gregarious, these cheerful exploiters of man's rubbish and wastefulness, have managed to colonise most of the world. The ultimate avian opportunist perhaps. Monitoring suggests a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, recently estimated as dropping by 71 per cent between 1977 and 2008 with substantial declines in both rural and urban populations. Whilst the decline in England continues, Breeding Bird Survey data indicate recent population increases in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

European Kestrel

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 19/09/2015
Scientific Name: Falco tinnunculus Pic By: Mark
Family: Bird of Prey Size: 24cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 76cm
Description: A familiar sight with its pointed wings and long tail, hovering beside a roadside verge. Numbers of kestrels declined in the 1970s, probably as a result of changes in farming and so it is included on the Amber List. They have adapted readily to man-made environments and can survive right in the centre of cities.

Common Sandpiper

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 18/09/2015
Scientific Name: Actitis hypoleucos Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 20cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 40cm
Description: A smallish wader with contrasting brown upperparts and white underparts. It habitually bobs up and down, known as 'teetering', and has a distinctive flight with stiff, bowed wings. Its presence is often betayed by its three-note call which it gives as it flies off.

Greenshank

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 18/09/2015
Scientific Name: Tringa nebularia Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 32cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 69cm
Description: A medium-sized slim wader with a dark grey back and white underparts. Its long green legs and slightly up-turned bill help to distinguish it from other waders. It calls regularly and is seen singly and in small groups.

Reed Bunting

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 18/09/2015
Scientific Name: Emberiza schoeniclus Pic By: Mark
Family: Bunting Size: 16cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 24cm
Description: Sparrow-sized but slim and with a long, deeply notched tail, the male has a black head, white collar and a drooping moustache. Females and winter males have a streaked head. In flight the tail looks black with broad, white edges.

Spotted Redshank

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Location: Pagham Harbour NR Date: 18/09/2015
Scientific Name: Tringa erythropus Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 30cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 64cm
Description: The spotted redshank is a medium sized elegant wading bird, slightly larger than a redshank. In summer plumage the adults are almost entirely black, save for some white `spotting' on the wings, a white `wedge' on the back showing clearly in flight, and a barred tail. In winter they have a grey back, and paler under parts, with a more prominent eye stripe than a redshank and lacking a redshank's white wing bars. They migrate from northern European across and northern Siberian breeding areas, to winter in Europe, Africa, China and South-east Asia. They are a relatively scarce wintering species in the UK, with over half the population found at fewer than ten sites, making them an Amber List species.

Chough

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Location: Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Pic By: Mark
Family: Crow Size: 40cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 82cm
Description: While its black plumage identifies it as a crow, the chough (pronounced 'chuff') has a red bill and legs unlike any other member of the crow family. It has a restricted westerly distribution in the British Isles and because of its small population size and historically declining populations it is an Amber List species. It readily displays its mastery of flight with wonderful aerial displays of diving and swooping. Found in flocks in autumn and winter.

Chough

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Location: Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Pic By: Mark
Family: Crow Size: 40cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 82cm
Description: While its black plumage identifies it as a crow, the chough (pronounced 'chuff') has a red bill and legs unlike any other member of the crow family. It has a restricted westerly distribution in the British Isles and because of its small population size and historically declining populations it is an Amber List species. It readily displays its mastery of flight with wonderful aerial displays of diving and swooping. Found in flocks in autumn and winter.

Gannet

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Location: Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Morus bassanus Pic By: Jen
Family: Gannet Size: 96cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 173cm
Description: Adults are large and bright white with black wingtips. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak, long pointed tail, and long pointed wings. At sea they flap and then glide low over the water, often travelling in small groups. They feed by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea. It breeds in significant numbers at only a few localities and so is an Amber List species. Biggest mainland breeding colony at RSPB's Bempton Cliffs. Two mainland colonies - at Bempton and Troup Head, Scotland. Big island colonies on St Kilda, the Northern Isles and Bass Rock in Scotland and Grassholm in Wales.

Herring Gull

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Location: Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Larus argentatus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gulls Size: 64cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 140cm
Description: Herring gulls are large, noisy gulls found throughout the year around our coasts and inland around rubbish tips, fields, large reservoirs and lakes, especially during winter.They have suffered moderate declines over the past 25 years and over half of their UK breeding population is confined to fewer than ten sites.

Pied Wagtail

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Location: Barley Cove, Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Motacilla alba Pic By: Mark
Family: Wagtail Size: 18cm
ISO: 800 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 28cm
Description: A common and familiar bird, the pied wagtail is often seen in towns and cities, dashing across lawns, roads and car parks while wagging its long tail up and down. Pied wagtails eat insects but will feed on seeds and even rubbish in winter. They flock together at warm roost sites like reedbeds and sewage works or trees and bushes in city centres. In summer they defend breeding territories and will nest in ivy, under roofs, in walls, between stones; in all kinds of places!

Rock Pipit

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Location: Ireland Date: 02/06/2015
Scientific Name: Anthus petrosus Pic By: Mark
Family: Pipit Size: 16cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 25cm
Description: The rock pipit is a large stocky pipit, larger than a meadow pipit and smaller than a starling. It is streaky olive-brown above and dirty white underneath with dark streaking. It breeds around the coast where there are rocky beaches, and most of the birds that breed in the UK are residents.

Great Tit

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Location: Schull, Ireland Date: 29/05/2015
Scientific Name: Parus major Pic By: Jen
Family: Tits Size: 13cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 24cm
Description: The largest UK tit - green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks and a distinctive two-syllable song. It is a woodland bird which has readily adapted to man-made habitats to become a familiar garden visitor. It can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. In winter it joins with blue tits and others to form roaming flocks which scour gardens and countryside for food.

Hooded Crow

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Location: Schull, Ireland Date: 29/05/2015
Scientific Name: Corvus cornix Pic By: Mark
Family: Crow Size: 50cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 98cm
Description: The hooded crow is closely related to the carrion crow, which until recently was regarded as the same species. In areas where the two species overlap there may be some interbreeding with hybrids showing a mixed grey and black body plumage. Like carrion crows, hoodies also feed on dead animals. Unlike crows they can be more sociable in the feeding habits and groups of them may be seen together in fields. Found in N and W Scotland, N Ireland, Ireland, and on the Isle of Man, where it replaces the carrion crow.

Hooded Crow

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Location: Schull, Ireland Date: 29/05/2015
Scientific Name: Corvus cornix Pic By: Jen
Family: Crow Size: 50cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 98cm
Description: The hooded crow is closely related to the carrion crow, which until recently was regarded as the same species. In areas where the two species overlap there may be some interbreeding with hybrids showing a mixed grey and black body plumage. Like carrion crows, hoodies also feed on dead animals. Unlike crows they can be more sociable in the feeding habits and groups of them may be seen together in fields. Found in N and W Scotland, N Ireland, Ireland, and on the Isle of Man, where it replaces the carrion crow.

Song Thrush

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Location: Schull, Ireland Date: 29/05/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 22cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 33cm
Description: A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

Song Thrush

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Location: Muck Ross House, Ireland Date: 26/05/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 22cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 33cm
Description: A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

Garden Warbler

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Location: Wyllie Date: 10/05/2015
Scientific Name: Sylvia borin Pic By: Mark
Family: Warbler Size: 13cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: A very plain warbler with no distinguishing features (a feature in itself!). It spends a lot of its time in the cover of trees and bushes and can be more difficult to see than its relative, the blackcap. Despite its name it is not really a garden bird, except in mature gardens next to woods. Its song is similar to that of a blackcap, but has longer mellow phrases.

Wood Warbler

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Location: Wyllie Date: 10/05/2015
Scientific Name: Phylloscopus sibilatrix Pic By: Mark
Family: Warbler Size: 13cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: The attractive but unobtrusive wood warbler is the largest Phylloscopus warbler in Europe. It has bright yellow upper parts, throat and upper chest and white under parts. The species is widespread and numerous in deciduous forest in Europe and reaches its highest densities in the UK in the western oak woods of Wales.

Eurasian Jay

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 09/04/2015
Scientific Name: Garrulus glandarius Pic By: Jen
Family: Jay Size: 34cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 55cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Little Bunting

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 05/04/2015
Scientific Name: Emberiza pusilla Pic By: Jen
Family: Bunting Size: 12cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 21cm
Description: Smallest bunting of west Palearctic, with delicate but compact form and terrestrial behaviour recalling Linnet and Dunnock. Distinctly less bulky than Reed Bunting, with sharply pointed bill, flat sloping forehead, little or no neck, shorter, straight-edged tail, and shorter legs.

Blackbird

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 05/04/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus merula Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 24cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 36cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Bullfinch

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 05/04/2015
Scientific Name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula Pic By: Jen
Family: Finch Size: 16cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 26cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Bullfinch

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 05/04/2015
Scientific Name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula Pic By: Jen
Family: Finch Size: 16cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 26cm
Description: Description to come soon!

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