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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.

Black Headed Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus Pic By: Jen
Family: Gull Size: 41cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 100cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Black Headed Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus Pic By: Jen
Family: Gull Size: 41cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 400cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Black Headed Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 41cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 100cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Juvenile Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: TBC Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: ?
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: ?
Description: Unidentified Juvenile Gull

Juvenile Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: TBC Pic By: Jen
Family: Gull Size: ?
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: ?
Description: Unidentified Juvenile Gull

Lesser Black Backed Gull

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: Larus fuscus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 58cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 142cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Common Gull

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Location: Talacre Date: 16/09/2014
Scientific Name: Larus canus canus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 43cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 117cm
Description: It looks like a small, gentler version of the herring gull, with greenish legs and a yellow bill. Despite its name, it is not at all common in some inland areas, though often abundant on the coast and in some eastern counties. They are now seen more often in towns and on housing estates in winter.

Great Black Backed Gull

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Location: Talacre Date: 14/09/2014
Scientific Name: Larus marinus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 158cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 71cm
Description: The king of the Atlantic waterfront, the Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world, with a powerful build and a domineering attitude. They harry other birds to steal their food and even hunt adult birds such as grebes and puffins.

Atlantic Puffin

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Fratercula Arctica Pic By: Jen
Family: Auk Size: 31cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 300/1 Wingspan: 55cm
Description: An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds. With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Atlantic Puffin

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica Pic By: Jen
Family: Auk Size: 42cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 83cm
Description: An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds. With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Atlantic Puffin

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica Pic By: Jen
Family: Auk Size: 31cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 55cm
Description: An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds. With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Guillemot

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Uria aalge Pic By: Jen
Family: Auk Size: 42cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 67cm
Description: The UK's coasts have many stretches of sheer cliffs where seabirds breed and the guillemot is one of the most numerous birds in the great 'seabird cities'. It comes to land only to nest, spending the rest of its life at sea, where it is vulnerable to oil spills. Dark brown and white, not as black as the similar razorbill, it has a 'bridled' form with a white ring round the eye and stripe behind it.

Atlantic Puffin

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica Pic By: Mark
Family: Auk Size: 31cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 55cm
Description: An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds. With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Atlantic Puffin

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica Pic By: Mark
Family: Auk Size: 31cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 55cm
Description: An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world's favourite birds. With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

Razorbill

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Alca torda Pic By: Mark
Family: Auk Size: 41cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 65cm
Description: The razorbill is a medium-sized seabird. It is black above and white below. It has a thick black beak which is deep and blunt, unlike the thinner bill of the similar guillemot. It breeds around the coast of the UK, with the largest colonies in northern Scotland. There are none breeding between the Humber and the Isle of Wight. Birds only come to shore to breed, and winter in the northern Atlantic. The future of this species is linked to the health of the marine environment. Fishing nets, pollution and declining fish stocks all threaten the razorbill.

Razorbill

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Alca torda Pic By: Mark
Family: Auk Size: 41cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 65cm
Description: The razorbill is a medium-sized seabird. It is black above and white below. It has a thick black beak which is deep and blunt, unlike the thinner bill of the similar guillemot. It breeds around the coast of the UK, with the largest colonies in northern Scotland. There are none breeding between the Humber and the Isle of Wight. Birds only come to shore to breed, and winter in the northern Atlantic. The future of this species is linked to the health of the marine environment. Fishing nets, pollution and declining fish stocks all threaten the razorbill.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Larus fuscus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 58cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 142cm
Description: Slightly smaller than a herring gull, the lesser black-backed gull has a dark grey to black back and wings, yellow bill and yellow legs. Their world population is found entirely in Europe. After declines in the 19th century due to persecution they increased their range and numbers. This expansion has now halted and there is serious concern about declines in many parts of its range. The species is on the Amber List because the UK is home to 40% of the European population and more than half of these are found at fewer than ten sites.

Herring Gull

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Larus argentatus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 64cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 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. Adults have light grey backs, white under parts, and black wing tips with white 'mirrors'. Their legs are pink, with webbed feet and they have heavy, slightly hooked bills marked with a red spot. Young birds are mottled brown. 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.

Great Black-backed Gull

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Larus marinus Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 71cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 158cm
Description: A very large, thick-set black-backed gull, with a powerful beak. Adults are blacker than the smaller lesser black-backed gull. It has a heavy flight and can look quite hunched when perched. It will fight off other gulls and chase them to snatch food.

Iceland Gull

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 29/03/2014
Scientific Name: Larus glaucoides Pic By: Jen
Family: Gull Size: 22cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 50cm
Description: A medium-size gull, smaller than most herring gulls. It has a rounded head and smallish beak, giving it a dove-like expression. It has very pale plumage and white wing tips, and, like the glaucous gull, it is sometimes referred to as a 'white-winged' gull. It is a winter visitor, with small numbers of birds, usually seen singly. It breeds in the Arctic and winters as far south as New York and Britain.

Iceland Gull Comparison

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 29/03/2014
Scientific Name: Larus glaucoides Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 22cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 50cm
Description: A medium-size gull, smaller than most herring gulls. It has a rounded head and smallish beak, giving it a dove-like expression. It has very pale plumage and white wing tips, and, like the glaucous gull, it is sometimes referred to as a 'white-winged' gull. It is a winter visitor, with small numbers of birds, usually seen singly. It breeds in the Arctic and winters as far south as New York and Britain.

Iceland Gull

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 29/03/2014
Scientific Name: Larus glaucoides Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 22cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 50cm
Description: A medium-size gull, smaller than most herring gulls. It has a rounded head and smallish beak, giving it a dove-like expression. It has very pale plumage and white wing tips, and, like the glaucous gull, it is sometimes referred to as a 'white-winged' gull. It is a winter visitor, with small numbers of birds, usually seen singly. It breeds in the Arctic and winters as far south as New York and Britain.

Iceland Gull

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 29/03/2014
Scientific Name: Larus glaucoides Pic By: Mark
Family: Gull Size: 22cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 50cm
Description: A medium-size gull, smaller than most herring gulls. It has a rounded head and smallish beak, giving it a dove-like expression. It has very pale plumage and white wing tips, and, like the glaucous gull, it is sometimes referred to as a 'white-winged' gull. It is a winter visitor, with small numbers of birds, usually seen singly. It breeds in the Arctic and winters as far south as New York and Britain.

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