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Barn Owl406 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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American Mink316 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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Sparrowhawk291 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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Swallows276 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Kingfisher271 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl255 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 Owl252 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant247 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool241 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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Stoat241 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla239 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 Blackpool235 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Sparrowhawk233 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Water Rail230 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Kestrel228 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Red Kite223 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Firecrest222 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool222 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool216 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 danae214 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Common Kingfisher212 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 Owl209 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Stonechat208 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus208 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Fieldfare205 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes205 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Short-eared Owl198 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris196 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude195 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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Starling flock aerial display before roosting195 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa193 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool192 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea190 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool190 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool187 viewsWaiting for dusk & for the Starlings to arrive - Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton183 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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Cormorant182 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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Greater Flamingo182 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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Great Crested Grebe181 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Moorhen181 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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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris180 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 Blackpool178 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Firecrest177 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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The Fox & Duck177 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea177 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Pine Marten - Martes martes177 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus177 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus177 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Red Kites175 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea174 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Common Kingfisher174 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Common Kingfisher174 viewsphotographed from where channel crosses the Causeway @ Leighton Moss RSPB reserve
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Goldcrest172 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl172 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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Brown Rat172 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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Blackcap171 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Coot171 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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Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool171 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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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea169 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea169 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula169 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Little Owl Athene noctua Warton Crag168 viewsphotographed @ Warton Crag
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Pine Marten - Martes martes168 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Nuthatch167 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Black Darter - Sympetrum danae163 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool162 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl162 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Coot161 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Long-eared Owl161 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool160 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Greenfinch160 views2008 heralded the first year we started to get regular visits from Greenfinch, they just love those sunflower hearts.
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Black Darter159 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss © Cliff Raby
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Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula159 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Sparrowhawk159 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnus159 viewsworn out from whooping, photographed @ Martin Mere WWT Reserve
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea158 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea157 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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