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Barn Owl481 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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American Mink381 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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Kingfisher352 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk351 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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Swallows344 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla334 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool334 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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Barn Owl328 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant323 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Long-eared Owl322 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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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool320 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk311 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest309 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Water Rail309 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Stoat306 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Kestrel297 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea288 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Great crested Grebe285 viewsAn adult busily catching fry (in this case a tiny Pike) to feed to it's' young
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Great Crested Grebe285 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Long-eared Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool284 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus282 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool281 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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Great Crested Grebes276 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae273 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Fieldfare270 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea270 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite270 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus270 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Long-eared Owl269 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Short-eared Owl269 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris268 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Stonechat267 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Starling flock aerial display before roosting267 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Common Kingfisher266 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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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool264 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Nuthatch264 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea263 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool263 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea260 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Firecrest259 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest259 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea257 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea255 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea250 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool250 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool249 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton249 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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Cormorant247 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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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa247 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool247 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea246 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea246 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude242 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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Moorhen239 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 Flamingo237 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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The Fox & Duck236 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Greenfinch233 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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Pine Marten - Martes martes233 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Brown Rat232 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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Goldcrest231 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Blackcap230 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus230 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool229 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus228 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Coot226 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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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris224 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Pine Marten - Martes martes223 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Common Kingfisher221 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Common Kingfisher221 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula221 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Long-eared Owl221 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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Long-eared Owl221 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Barn Owl219 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Coot219 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 Blackpool217 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool213 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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Little Owl Athene noctua Warton Crag212 viewsphotographed @ Warton Crag
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Red Kites212 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Long-eared Owl206 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Mallard206 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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