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Barn Owl526 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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American Mink430 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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Kingfisher408 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool405 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 atricapilla403 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool396 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk393 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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Swallows390 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Cormorant377 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Barn Owl374 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest371 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Sparrowhawk369 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl366 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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Great crested Grebe361 viewsAn adult busily catching fry (in this case a tiny Pike) to feed to it's' young
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Water Rail361 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea359 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus357 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Stoat351 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebe343 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Kestrel340 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea337 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch333 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Great Crested Grebes331 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool327 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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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea326 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool325 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris324 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool323 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea322 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea322 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus321 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea319 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Firecrest318 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea318 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Fieldfare317 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Firecrest317 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool316 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Short-eared Owl316 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea315 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea315 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae313 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Starling flock aerial display before roosting312 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Long-eared Owl311 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool309 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Common Kingfisher308 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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Stonechat307 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Red Kite305 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton295 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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Cormorant294 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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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool294 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool292 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa288 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Greenfinch285 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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The Fox & Duck282 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Moorhen281 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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Brown Rat279 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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Greater Flamingo277 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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Goldcrest275 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus274 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Pine Marten - Martes martes272 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude272 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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Blackcap271 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Barn Owl265 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl265 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Coot264 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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Mallard264 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Coot262 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Pine Marten - Martes martes262 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus262 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula261 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Goldcrest259 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris258 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool258 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis257 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Common Kingfisher256 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool256 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Common Kingfisher255 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Long-eared Owl253 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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Little Owl Athene noctua Warton Crag251 viewsphotographed @ Warton Crag
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea245 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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