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Barn Owl585 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool484 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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American Mink484 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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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool471 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla469 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Kingfisher469 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Cormorant449 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Sparrowhawk446 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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Firecrest436 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Barn Owl432 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Great crested Grebe432 viewsAn adult busily catching fry (in this case a tiny Pike) to feed to it's' young
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus430 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Water Rail429 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk427 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl426 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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Swallows425 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea425 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Stoat414 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Kestrel404 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea403 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebe400 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Nuthatch399 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris397 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes396 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool392 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool389 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea388 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea387 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea386 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea385 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea381 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea381 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea379 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Fieldfare377 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool377 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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Starling flock aerial display before roosting377 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Firecrest376 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest375 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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Short-eared Owl374 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool373 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl366 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Cormorant363 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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Red Kite - Milvus milvus361 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Long-eared Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool360 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton358 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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Greenfinch354 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool350 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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The Fox & Duck345 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae343 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Common Kingfisher341 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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Stonechat340 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool334 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Moorhen334 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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Red Kite333 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Brown Rat330 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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Mallard324 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis323 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Barn Owl322 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl321 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa318 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Goldcrest316 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Goldcrest316 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Blackcap315 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Coot314 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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Red Kite - Milvus milvus311 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude310 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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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis308 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Greater Flamingo306 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus306 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Coot305 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris304 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea304 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool301 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Pine Marten - Martes martes301 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Ring-necked Duck300 viewsAythya collaris - photographed @ Fleetwood Marine/Boating Lakes
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Long-eared Owl299 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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White Letter Hairstreak - Satyrium w-album299 viewsphotographed@ Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, Blackpool
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Mute Swan - Cygnus olor298 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool295 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis293 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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