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Barn Owl432 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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American Mink337 viewsIn spring 2007 I was stood photographing the Grey Herons, when suddenly the whole Heronry went wild, making a real racket, it was soon clear what had agitated them when this Mink appeared from the undergrowth & quietly slipped into the water & swam away. It was a fantastic sighting & they're a beautiful animal, what a shame they're such a menace.
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Sparrowhawk313 viewsPrior to getting this shot we'd only had two fleeting glimpses of a Sparrowhawk in the garden, but on this occasion I was lucky enough to photograph this female checking out the birds visiting the feeders, fortunately for them it left empty handed.
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Kingfisher295 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Swallows288 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Long-eared Owl281 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here. They can be very difficult to see as usually tuck themselves away deep into the undergrowth. I got by far my best sightings & photographs at this particular visit.
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Barn Owl279 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant275 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Stoat267 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool265 viewsThe park attracts good numbers of Cormorants and can be seen at the lake fishing & sunning themselves on the wooden posts.
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Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla263 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Kestrel258 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Water Rail255 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool254 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Sparrowhawk254 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool249 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Firecrest246 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool237 viewsIn spring 2007 I was stood photographing the Grey Herons, when suddenly the whole Heronry went wild, making a real racket, it was soon clear what had agitated them when this Mink appeared from the undergrowth & quietly slipped into the water & swam away. It was a fantastic sighting & they're a beautiful animal, what a shame they're such a menace.
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Red Kite233 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Long-eared Owl230 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Fieldfare229 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes229 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae224 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Common Kingfisher224 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, this was my best sighting of a kingfisher to date - now I just need one to come a bit closer.
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Short-eared Owl223 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Stonechat221 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris220 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus220 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Starling flock aerial display before roosting220 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool213 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude213 viewsThe Starlings form huge flocks at dusk, swirling around Blackpools' North Pier before descending to roost on the various buildings & on the timbers under the pier.
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea212 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Cormorant209 viewsI was lucky enough to photograph this Cormorant struggling with an eel as it swam past one of the hides @ Marton Mere nature reserve
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool208 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton207 viewsThe feeding station at Todderstaffe Hall provides an excellent opportunity to see Tree Sparrows in good numbers. Sit quietly in your car for 5 minutes & usually the Tree Sparrows arrive.
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool206 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool204 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Great Crested Grebe203 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa202 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool202 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea201 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Moorhen199 viewsMarton Mere allows good close views of Moorhens, as they are used to being fed, so not quite so wary of people as at some locations.
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Firecrest198 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest198 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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The Fox & Duck198 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris195 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea195 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea193 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus193 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Greater Flamingo192 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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Nuthatch192 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl191 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here. The owls can be difficult to photograph because of branches between you & the Owl, but it's important to stick to the paths to avoid disturbing the birds - some visitors to the reserve feel the need to climb over the fence to get a closer view which only serves to spook the Owls.
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Coot190 viewsThis is a favourite Coot shot of mine, my wife says it looks like it's smoking a fag, photographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea190 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Brown Rat190 viewsThe park, somewhat worryingly, had a thriving population of rats up until 2007. They had a series of tunnels at one corner of the lake where it was believed they were breeding. In 2007 the Council destroyed their tunnels & poisoned the rats & I've not seen one since.
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Blackcap189 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus189 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Goldcrest187 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool186 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Common Kingfisher186 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Common Kingfisher186 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Pine Marten - Martes martes186 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool186 viewsthis Sparrowhawk was being mobbed by the Crow, although in this photo it would appear the Sprawk had given the crow the slip, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Greenfinch184 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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Red Kites184 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Long-eared Owl182 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea182 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Coot179 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool178 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea178 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula178 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Pine Marten - Martes martes178 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea177 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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Long-eared Owl177 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Little Owl Athene noctua Warton Crag177 viewsphotographed @ Warton Crag
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Sparrowhawk177 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Barn Owl176 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea174 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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