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Dave Williams

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  1. @TonyQ Don't forget the wicked Sparrowhawk Tony, mind you he's helping keeping down my bird feed bill
  2. 260) Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus Dublin Harbour Another poor image but sometimes the view you get isn't the best either but as long as the key features are readily identifiable you can nail it as that species. The jet black head of a Med' Gull in breeding plumage along with a bright red bill make it distinctly different from the Black-headed Gull ( which is actually brown) A lack of black on the wing tips is another key feature as can be seen in the one taking off.
  3. 259) Black Guillemot Cepphus Grylle Dublin Harbour,Ireland Whilst the Stenna Superfast is docked waiting to make the return journey it's possible to get to an outside position on the deck for a better photo opportunity. Black Guillemots are common around the coast of Ireland and the West coast of Scotland but they are only found in a couple of places in Wales, including Holyhead Harbour where they nest, as they do in Dublin, in the harbour walls.
  4. 258)Hooded Crow Corvus Cornix Again photographed from the bridge of the Stenna Superfast so IQ is really poor but no mistaking this species. They are common in Ireland and Scotland but not England or Wales where they are a rarity.
  5. 257) Artic Skua Stercorarius Parasiticus somewhere in the Irish Sea I don't like posting bad images but as I have little chance of seeing another this year I'm afraid post it I must do if I want to maximise my numbers. Once a month during the summer I travel to Dublin and back from Holyhead in North Wales as a guest of Stenna Line ferries as part of a sea watch to monitor cetaceans. The views from the bridge are magnificent but you are shooting through salt sprayed glass and image quality isn't the best. Artic Skuas breed in the north of the UK in Scotland but I have only ever seen them in Iceland and one specimen in The Gambia during the winter months.
  6. 256)Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile Dendrocopos major A new recruit to my garden feeders this afternoon, the red top of the head will soon disappear. Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  7. Cracking collection building up, envious of the Spotted Crake!
  8. 255) Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus The Mistle Thrush is a bit of a bogey bird for me when it comes to photography. They are not too common but getting near them is far from easy. To my delight I have seen one in my bird bath recently and better still a young one was spotted in a tree not far from the house so hopefully it might become a regular occurance.
  9. 255) Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis The Cuckoo's favourite victim! They are common in North Wales and appear all year round.
  10. 254) Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus I used to these regularly at our local RSPB reserve but this is the first for a long long while. Belting out a song yesterday ( not the song Yesterday, that would have been really clever!)
  11. Is that Corvids or Corbyns?
  12. So sad when someone has given so much to try and save the species.
  13. 253) Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Probably the most common duck in the UK I would think, so much so that they tend to be totally ignored from a photographic point of view by all but those just starting their avian galleries ....unless of course there is another reason!
  14. 252) Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus. Another summer visitor, we get them in the garden but this one was seen a few miles from home.
  15. 252) Jay Garrulus glandarius Another of the UK's most colourful. Very timid when it comes to human contact but as evil as they come in stealing other birds eggs and chicks. This one occasionally visits my feeders and has developed a way of hanging in the hoop before sticking his neck through the bars of the ( not so) squirrel proof feeder

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