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Common Rabbit

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Location: Skomer Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Oryctolagus Cuniculus Pic By: Mark
Family: Rabbit Size: 39cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: Description to come soon!

Common Seals

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Phoca vitulina Pic By: Mark
Family: Seal Size: 140cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: The smaller of our two seal species, Common Seals (also known as Harbour Seals) are more commonly found around sheltered shores and estuaries, where they haul out on sandbanks and beaches. When out of the water, they sometimes hold their body in a curved 'banana' position, with their head and tail both in the air at the same time. Like Grey Seals, they feed on fish, but also eat squids, whelks, crabs and mussels. The young are born during the summer. Can be distinguished from the Grey Seal by its smaller size and shorter head with a blunter, more dog-like profile. Very variable in colour, from blonde to black, but generally grey with dark spots.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

Chough

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Pic By: Mark
Family: Crow Size: 40cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
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: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Pic By: Jen
Family: Crow Size: 40cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1
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: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Pic By: Mark
Family: Crow Size: 40cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
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.

European Kestrel

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Falco tinnunculus Pic By: Mark
Family: Falcon Size: 24cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
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.

European Kestrel

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Falco tinnunculus Pic By: Jen
Family: Falcon Size: 24cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

Meadow Pipit

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Anthus pratensis Pic By: Mark
Family: Pipit Size: 14cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: A small, brown, streaky bird, it is the commonest songbird in upland areas and its high, piping call is a familiar sound. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers and in the breeding season it has a fluttering parachute display flight. In winter they are quite gregarious and gather in small flocks, often invisible among the vegetation, suddenly flying up with typical jerky flight. Meadow pipit numbers in the UK have been declining since the mid 1970s, resulting in this species being included on the amber list of conservation concern.

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
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: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Haematopus ostralegus Pic By: Jen
Family: Oystercatcher Size: 42cm
ISO: 800 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1
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
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.

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
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
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.

Skylark

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Alauda arvensis Pic By: Mark
Family: Lark Size: 18cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: The skylark is a small brown bird, somewhat larger than a sparrow but smaller than a starling. It is streaky brown with a small crest, which can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed, and a white-sided tail. The wings also have a white rear edge, visible in flight. It is renowned for its display flight, vertically up in the air. Its recent and dramatic population declines make it a Red List species.

Wheatear

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Oenanthe oenanthe Pic By: Mark
Family: Wheatear Size: 15cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: The wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It hops or runs on the ground. It is blue-grey above with black wings and white below with an orange flush to the breast. It has a black cheek. In flight it shows a white rump and a black 'T' shape on its tail. It is a summer visitor and passage migrant. Birds breed mainly in western and northern Britain and western Ireland, although smaller numbers do breed in southern and eastern England. It winters in central Africa.

Wheatear

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Location: Skomer Island Date: 14/06/2014
Scientific Name: Oenanthe oenanthe Pic By: Mark
Family: Wheatear Size: 15cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1
Description: The wheatear is a small mainly ground-dwelling bird. It hops or runs on the ground. It is blue-grey above with black wings and white below with an orange flush to the breast. It has a black cheek. In flight it shows a white rump and a black 'T' shape on its tail. It is a summer visitor and passage migrant. Birds breed mainly in western and northern Britain and western Ireland, although smaller numbers do breed in southern and eastern England. It winters in central Africa.

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