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European Goldfinch Juvenile

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 18/08/2013
Scientific Name: Carduelis carduelis Pic By: Mark
Family: Finch Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 24cm
Description: A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting birdtables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

Yellow Wagtail

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 07/09/2014
Scientific Name: Motacilla flava Pic By: Mark
Family: Wagtail Size: 17cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 25cm
Description: The yellow wagtail is a small, graceful, yellow and green bird, with a medium-length tail and slender black legs. It spends much time walking or running on the ground. As its name implies, it wags its tail from time to time.It is a summer visitor, migrating to winter in Africa. It breeds in a variety of habitats in the UK, including arable farmland, wet pastures and upland hay meadows. Serious declines in breeding numbers accross all of these habitats place the yellow wagtail on the red list of birds of conservation concern.

Yellow Wagtail

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 07/09/2014
Scientific Name: Motacilla flava Pic By: Mark
Family: Wagtail Size: 17cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 25cm
Description: The yellow wagtail is a small, graceful, yellow and green bird, with a medium-length tail and slender black legs. It spends much time walking or running on the ground. As its name implies, it wags its tail from time to time.It is a summer visitor, migrating to winter in Africa. It breeds in a variety of habitats in the UK, including arable farmland, wet pastures and upland hay meadows. Serious declines in breeding numbers accross all of these habitats place the yellow wagtail on the red list of birds of conservation concern.

Yellow Wagtail

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Location: Yellow Wagtail Date: 18/08/2013
Scientific Name: Motacilla flava Pic By: Mark
Family: Wagtail Size: 17cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 25cm
Description: The yellow wagtail is a small, graceful, yellow and green bird, with a medium-length tail and slender black legs. It spends much time walking or running on the ground. As its name implies, it wags its tail from time to time.It is a summer visitor, migrating to winter in Africa. It breeds in a variety of habitats in the UK, including arable farmland, wet pastures and upland hay meadows. Serious declines in breeding numbers accross all of these habitats place the yellow wagtail on the red list of birds of conservation concern.

Yellow Wagtail

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 07/09/2014
Scientific Name: Motacilla flava Pic By: Mark
Family: Wagtail Size: 17cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 25cm
Description: The yellow wagtail is a small, graceful, yellow and green bird, with a medium-length tail and slender black legs. It spends much time walking or running on the ground. As its name implies, it wags its tail from time to time.It is a summer visitor, migrating to winter in Africa. It breeds in a variety of habitats in the UK, including arable farmland, wet pastures and upland hay meadows. Serious declines in breeding numbers accross all of these habitats place the yellow wagtail on the red list of birds of conservation concern.

Winter Wren

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Location: Scotland Date: 29/05/2014
Scientific Name: Troglodytes troglodytes Pic By: Mark
Family: Wren Size: 10cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 15cm
Description: The wren is a tiny brown bird, although it is heavier, less slim, than the even smaller goldcrest. It is dumpy, almost rounded, with a fine bill, quite long legs and toes, very short round wings and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. For such a small bird it has a remarkably loud voice. It is the commonest UK breeding bird, although it suffers declines during prolonged, severely cold winters.

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.

Stonechat

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 16/09/2014
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubicola Pic By: Mark
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 20cm
Description: Stonechats are robin sized birds. Males have striking black heads with white around the side of their neck, orange-red breasts and a mottled brown back. Females lack the male's black head, but have brown backs and an orange tinge to their chests. Birds are frequently seen flicking their wings while perched, often doing so on the tops of low bushes. As its name suggests, birds utter a sharp loud call that sound like two stones being tapped together. They breed in western and southern parts of the UK, but disperse more widely in winter.

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.

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.

Common Redstart

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Location: Scotland Date: 30/05/2014
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 800 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Common Redstart

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Location: Scotland Date: 30/05/2014
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 800 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Common Redstart

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 18/08/2013
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Lesser Redpoll

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Location: Scotland Date: 28/05/2014
Scientific Name: Carduelis cabaret Pic By: Mark
Family: Finch Size: 12cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: This tiny finch only slightly bigger than a blue tit is streaky and brown with patches of red on its head and sometimes its breast. They like to hang upside down to feed in trees. It has recently been 'split' from the mealy (or common) redpoll, a larger and paler species which is a winter visitor to the UK.

Mistle Thrush

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Location: Scotland Date: 29/05/2014
Scientific Name: Turdus viscivorus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 27cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 45cm
Description: This is a pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges. It is most likely to be noticed perched high at the top of a tree, singing its fluty song or giving its rattling call in flight.

Long tailed Tit Juvenile

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Location: Scotland Date: 28/05/2014
Scientific Name: Aegithalos caudatus Pic By: Mark
Family: Tits Size: 14cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 18cm
Description: The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy residents, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds. Like most tits, they rove the woods and hedgerows, but are also seen on heaths and commons with suitable bushes.

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.

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.

Hobby

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Location: Scotland Date: 28/05/2014
Scientific Name: Falco subbuteo Pic By: Mark
Family: Bird of Prey Size: 36cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 87cm
Description: About the size of a kestrel with long pointed wings, reminiscent of a giant swift. It has a dashing flight and will chase large insects and small birds like swallows and martins. Prey is often caught in its talons and transferred to its beak in flight. Can accelerate rapidly in flight and is capable of high-speed aerial manoeuvres.

Marsh Harrier

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Location: Newport RSPB Date: 18/08/2013
Scientific Name: Circus aeruginosus Pic By: Mark
Family: Bird of Prey Size: 49cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 123cm
Description: The largest of the harriers, it can be recognised by its long tail and light flight with wings held in a shallow 'V'. It is distinguishable from other harriers by its larger size, heavier build, broader wings and absence of white on the rump. Females are larger than males and have obvious creamy heads. Its future in the UK is now more secure than at any time during the last century but historical declines and subsequent recovery means it is an Amber List species.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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