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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.

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.

Moorhen

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 04/04/2015
Scientific Name: Gallinula chloropus chloropus Pic By: Jen
Family: Wader Size: 34cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 52cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Moorhen

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Location: Caerphilly Council Offices Date: 22/11/2014
Scientific Name: Gallinula chloropus chloropus Pic By: Jen
Family: Wader Size: 34cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 52cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Little Stint

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Location: Talacre Date: 19/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris minuta Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 15cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 29cm
Description: The little stint is a tiny wading bird with a short straight fine black bill and medium-length black legs. Autumn birds have two pale stripes or 'braces' down the back. It does not breed in the UK, but is a passage migrant, with most birds being juveniles seen in autumn. It is much scarcer in spring, when small numbers of adults are seen, and a very few birds spend the winter here, most migrating to Africa. Often seen with feeding Dunlin.

Curlew Sandpiper

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris ferruginea Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 44cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 18cm
Description: Similar to a dunlin, but in autumn it looks cleaner and paler with a white eyestripe. It has a longer, more down-curved bill than a dunlin and will feed in slightly deeper water. Deep chestnut breeding plumage unmistakable in spring and summer. In flight it shows a bright white rump.

Dunlin

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alpina Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 18cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 40cm
Description: The commonest small wader found along the coast. It has a slightly down-curved bill and a distinctive black belly patch in breeding plumage. It feeds in flocks in winter, sometimes numbering thousands, roosting on nearby fields, saltmarshes and shore when the tide is high.

Dunlin

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alpina Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 18cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 40cm
Description: The commonest small wader found along the coast. It has a slightly down-curved bill and a distinctive black belly patch in breeding plumage. It feeds in flocks in winter, sometimes numbering thousands, roosting on nearby fields, saltmarshes and shore when the tide is high.

Dunlin

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alpina Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 18cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 40cm
Description: The commonest small wader found along the coast. It has a slightly down-curved bill and a distinctive black belly patch in breeding plumage. It feeds in flocks in winter, sometimes numbering thousands, roosting on nearby fields, saltmarshes and shore when the tide is high.

Dunlin

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alpina Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 18cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 40cm
Description: The commonest small wader found along the coast. It has a slightly down-curved bill and a distinctive black belly patch in breeding plumage. It feeds in flocks in winter, sometimes numbering thousands, roosting on nearby fields, saltmarshes and shore when the tide is high.

Ringed Plover

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Location: Talacre Date: 18/09/2014
Scientific Name: Charadrius hiaticula Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 19cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 52cm
Description: The ringed plover is a small, dumpy, short-legged wading bird. It is brownish grey above and whitish below. It has a orange bill, tipped with black, orange legs and a black-and-white pattern on its head and breast. In flight it shows a broad white wing-stripe. Breeds on beaches around the coast, but has also now breeding inland in sand and gravel pits and former industrial sites. Many UK birds live here all year round, but birds from Europe winter in Britain and birds from Greenland and Canada pass through on migration.

Sanderlings

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Location: Talacre Date: 15/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alba Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 20cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 42cm
Description: The sanderling is a small, plump, energetic wading bird. It has a short straight black bill and medium length black legs. It is pale grey above and white underneath, and there is a black mark at its shoulder where the folded wing meets the body. It does not breed in the UK, but is a winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn, journeying to and from their high Arctic breeding grounds.

Sanderlings

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Location: Talacre Date: 15/09/2014
Scientific Name: Calidris alba Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 20cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 42cm
Description: The sanderling is a small, plump, energetic wading bird. It has a short straight black bill and medium length black legs. It is pale grey above and white underneath, and there is a black mark at its shoulder where the folded wing meets the body. It does not breed in the UK, but is a winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn, journeying to and from their high Arctic breeding grounds.

Golden Plover

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Location: Talacre Date: 14/09/2014
Scientific Name: Pluvialis apricaria Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 28cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 72cm
Description: Breeding adults of the Golden Plover are black & gold spotted on top of the back, head and wings. Their face and neck are black with a thick white border, a black breast, black legs, and a dark rump. In winter, they have an off-white face and breast and white underneath.

What makes this bird special in the UK is an amazing 500,000 birds overwinter here.

Oystercatcher Fledgling

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Haematopus ostralegus Pic By: Jen
Family: Oystercatcher Size: 42cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 83cm
Description: The Eurasian Oystercatcher, otherwise known as a Pied Oystercatcher or just Oystercatcher here in the UK is part of the oystercatcher family. Its the only one to occur here in the UK, although there are 3 subspecies of this oystercatcher in Europe and some of Asia. Its highly migratory but we are lucky enough to have this bird stay here year round. This bird as an adult has black above, white underneath, and a vividly red legs and bill which makes this striking bird really stand out amongst other waders. Despite its name, it does not primarily hunt for oysters, however its one of, if not the only wader to be able to pry open these tough creatures. What makes this bird really unique is that the shape of the bill varies depending on which type of food it specializes in. Birds that focus on molluscs have broad bill tips, where birds that specialize with unearthing worms tend to have pointed bills.

Oystercatcher Fledgling

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Haematopus ostralegus Pic By: Mark
Family: Oystercatcher Size: 42cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 83cm
Description: The Eurasian Oystercatcher, otherwise known as a Pied Oystercatcher or just Oystercatcher here in the UK is part of the oystercatcher family. Its the only one to occur here in the UK, although there are 3 subspecies of this oystercatcher in Europe and some of Asia. Its highly migratory but we are lucky enough to have this bird stay here year round. This bird as an adult has black above, white underneath, and a vividly red legs and bill which makes this striking bird really stand out amongst other waders. Despite its name, it does not primarily hunt for oysters, however its one of, if not the only wader to be able to pry open these tough creatures. What makes this bird really unique is that the shape of the bill varies depending on which type of food it specializes in. Birds that focus on molluscs have broad bill tips, where birds that specialize with unearthing worms tend to have pointed bills.

Oystercatcher

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Haematopus ostralegus Pic By: Mark
Family: Oystercatcher Size: 42cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 83cm
Description: The Eurasian Oystercatcher, otherwise known as a Pied Oystercatcher or just Oystercatcher here in the UK is part of the oystercatcher family. Its the only one to occur here in the UK, although there are 3 subspecies of this oystercatcher in Europe and some of Asia. Its highly migratory but we are lucky enough to have this bird stay here year round. This bird as an adult has black above, white underneath, and a vividly red legs and bill which makes this striking bird really stand out amongst other waders. Despite its name, it does not primarily hunt for oysters, however its one of, if not the only wader to be able to pry open these tough creatures. What makes this bird really unique is that the shape of the bill varies depending on which type of food it specializes in. Birds that focus on molluscs have broad bill tips, where birds that specialize with unearthing worms tend to have pointed bills.

Grey Heron

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Location: Scotland Date: 28/05/2014
Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea Pic By: Mark
Family: Heron Size: 94cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 185cm
Description: Grey herons are unmistakeable: tall, with long legs, a long beak and grey, black and white feathering. They can stand with their neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunched down with their neck bent over their chest.

Grey Heron

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Location: Scotland Date: 28/05/2014
Scientific Name: Ardea cinerea Pic By: Mark
Family: Herons Size: 94cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 185cm
Description: Grey herons are unmistakeable: tall, with long legs, a long beak and grey, black and white feathering. They can stand with their neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunched down with their neck bent over their chest.

Curlew

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 31/03/2014
Scientific Name: Numenius arquata Pic By: Mark
Family: Curlew Size: 55cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 90cm
Description: The Eurasian Curlew is the largest of all the waders in its range, at 50-57cm in height with a generous 1 meter wingspan. What makes this bird especially unique to Britain is that itís one of the only places in Europe where it does not migrate, staying year round. In the winter they tend to gather in good-sized groups, though very wary of any disturbances. The only similar bird in its range is the Whimbrel, which is generally a smaller bird with a shorter, more downturned bill compared to the smooth downward curve of the curlew.This bird is mainly greyish brown, white on the back, and a very long curved bill.

Little Egret

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 31/03/2014
Scientific Name: Egretta garzetta Pic By: Mark
Family: Egret Size: 60cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 92cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Oystercatcher

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 31/03/2014
Scientific Name: Haematopus ostralegus Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 42cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 83cm
Description: The Eurasian Oystercatcher, otherwise known as a Pied Oystercatcher or just Oystercatcher here in the UK is part of the oystercatcher family. Its the only one to occur here in the UK, although there are 3 subspecies of this oystercatcher in Europe and some of Asia. Its highly migratory but we are lucky enough to have this bird stay here year round. This bird as an adult has black above, white underneath, and a vividly red legs and bill which makes this striking bird really stand out amongst other waders. Despite its name, it does not primarily hunt for oysters, however its one of, if not the only wader to be able to pry open these tough creatures. What makes this bird really unique is that the shape of the bill varies depending on which type of food it specializes in. Birds that focus on molluscs have broad bill tips, where birds that specialize with unearthing worms tend to have pointed bills.

Curlew

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 29/03/2014
Scientific Name: Numenius arquata Pic By: Mark
Family: Curlew Size: 55cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 90cm
Description: The Eurasian Curlew is the largest of all the waders in its range, at 50-57cm in height with a generous 1 meter wingspan. What makes this bird especially unique to Britain is that itís one of the only places in Europe where it does not migrate, staying year round. In the winter they tend to gather in good-sized groups, though very wary of any disturbances. The only similar bird in its range is the Whimbrel, which is generally a smaller bird with a shorter, more downturned bill compared to the smooth downward curve of the curlew.This bird is mainly greyish brown, white on the back, and a very long curved bill.

Ruddy Turnstone

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Location: Pagham Harbour Date: 23/03/2014
Scientific Name: Arenaria interpres Pic By: Mark
Family: Wader Size: 23cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 560/1 Wingspan: 54cm
Description: Description to come soon!

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