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Barn Owl415 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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American Mink322 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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Sparrowhawk299 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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Swallows280 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Kingfisher279 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl264 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 Owl263 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant257 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Stoat250 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 Blackpool249 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 atricapilla247 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Long-eared Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool242 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Kestrel240 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk240 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Water Rail238 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool231 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Firecrest230 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Red Kite226 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool222 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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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae218 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Common Kingfisher216 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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Long-eared Owl216 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Stonechat213 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Fieldfare213 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes213 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus212 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Short-eared Owl206 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris204 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Starling flock aerial display before roosting204 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude201 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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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool199 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea198 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa196 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool196 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool192 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Cormorant191 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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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton191 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 Crested Grebe188 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool187 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Moorhen187 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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Greater Flamingo186 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool186 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris185 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea185 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Firecrest184 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest184 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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The Fox & Duck184 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus182 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea181 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus181 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Pine Marten - Martes martes180 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Long-eared Owl179 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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Common Kingfisher178 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Common Kingfisher178 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Brown Rat178 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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Blackcap177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Coot177 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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Goldcrest177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Red Kites177 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea176 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch176 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool176 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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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula172 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Little Owl Athene noctua Warton Crag171 viewsphotographed @ Warton Crag
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Pine Marten - Martes martes171 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool170 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Greenfinch168 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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Long-eared Owl168 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Coot167 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Long-eared Owl167 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool166 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea166 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Black Darter - Sympetrum danae165 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria
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Sparrowhawk165 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea164 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea163 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus162 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula162 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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