TonyQ

TonyQ Big Year 2017 (A second attempt)

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A duplicate - Marsh Tit

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also at Leighton Moss, Lancashire     06.06.2017

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(UK.154). Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola

(Already posted in Mallorca)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

It is interesting how small it is compared to the Lapwing in the background

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194. (UK.155).  Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis

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Montrose Basin, Scotland       17.02.2017

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Montrose Basin, Scotland       17.02.2017

 

I have been hoping for better photos, but have only had glimpses since. These were taken in February from the visitor centre at Montrose basin. We had just bought a cup of coffee and saw this (and took the photos) through the glass window.

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195. (UK.156). Arctic Tern  Sterna paradisaea     

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      01.05.2017

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      01.05.2017

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196. (UK.157). Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus   

(New Bird)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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(smaller bird on left) Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

A few times in the past we have wondered if we had seen a Whimbrel, but have not been sure - they look quite similar to Curlews in the books. This third picture shows how different they are in real life, the Whimbrel is so much smaller, and the stripe on the head is very distinct. (This confirms that the birds we saw in the past were Curlews!)

 

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197. (UK.158). Hobby  Falco subbuteo     

(New bird)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

It was also fascinating to watch it hunting

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

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With dragonfly, Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

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Eating in flight, Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

So having spent a life time without seeing one, we were thrilled to see our first one, and learned about its behaviour. We were also delighted to see it again about a month later at the same part of Upton Warren.

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