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Barn Owl617 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Stanley Park Blackpool516 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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American Mink507 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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Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Stanley Park Blackpool506 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla501 viewsmy 1st Blackcap of 2012 seen @ Stanley Park, Blackpool on 14/04/2012
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Kingfisher499 viewsmy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Cormorant480 viewsJuggling with an eel.
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Sparrowhawk477 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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Barn Owl466 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest466 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Great Crested Grebes displaying - Podiceps cristatus461 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Great crested Grebe460 viewsAn adult busily catching fry (in this case a tiny Pike) to feed to it's' young
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Water Rail459 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Sparrowhawk457 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl456 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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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea455 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Swallows451 viewsAn adult Swallow flies in to feed it's young. Taken in South West Brittany in June 2008.
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Stoat443 viewsphotographed on New Years Eve 2006, from the Fylde Bird Club hide @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Kestrel436 viewsphotographed @ Ashfield Road, Bispham, Blackpool
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea434 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Nuthatch432 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris428 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebes427 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Great Crested Grebe427 viewswith a small Perch to feed to it's young
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Goldcrest Regulus regulus Stanley Park Blackpool424 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Nuthatch - Sitta europaea421 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Stanley Park Blackpool419 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea418 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea417 viewsphotographed flying in with nesting material @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea416 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea413 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea411 viewsStanley Park during a downpour
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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea410 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Short-eared Owl408 viewstaken @ Lancaster Road, Pilling
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Starling flock aerial display before roosting407 viewsStarling roost at dusk, Marton Mere,nature reserve, Blackpool, with Blackpool Tower in the background
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Fieldfare406 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Stanley park Blackpool404 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest403 viewsFirecrest photographed @ Stanley park Blackpool © Cliff Raby
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Firecrest402 viewsphotographed @ Stanley park Blackpool
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American Mink Mustela vison Stanley Park Blackpool401 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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Long-eared Owl392 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Cormorant390 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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Red Kite - Milvus milvus388 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Todderstaffe Hall Singleton388 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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Greenfinch384 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 Owl Asio otus Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool384 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool376 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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The Fox & Duck371 viewsit would make a good pub name
photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve, Blackpool
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Common Kingfisher370 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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mating Black Darters - Sympetrum danae367 viewsphotographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Stonechat366 viewsA male Stonechat, looking resplendant in breeding pluamge, photographed at Séne nature reserve in South West Brittany.
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Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Stanley Park Blackpool356 viewsMy only Kingfisher sighting at Stanley Park was a quick flyby by this bird.
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Moorhen356 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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Red Kite355 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis354 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Mallard354 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Brown Rat353 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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Barn Owl350 viewsphotographed @ Lancaster Road, Pilling © Cliff Raby
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Long-eared Owl350 viewsone of the roosting Long-eared Owls @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool, regular winter residents here.
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Goldcrest345 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa341 viewsI love the background of this shot - photographed @ Foulshaw Moss
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis339 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Coot338 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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Goldcrest337 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Blackcap336 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Red Kite - Milvus milvus334 viewsphotographed at the Red Kite feeding station @ Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway
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Mute Swan - Cygnus olor332 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Giving me the Finger - How Rude332 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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Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea331 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park, Blackpool
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Ring-necked Duck331 viewsAythya collaris - photographed @ Fleetwood Marine/Boating Lakes
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Greater Flamingo330 viewsphotographed @ Martin Mere WWT reserve
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White Letter Hairstreak - Satyrium w-album330 viewsphotographed@ Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, Blackpool
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Coot327 viewsDoing a bit of nest building & looking like it's buitten off more than it can chew.
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Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus326 viewsphotographed @ Euston Street, Preston
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Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis325 viewsphotographed @ Marton Mere Nature Reserve Blackpool
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Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Stanley Park Blackpool324 viewsphotographed @ Stanley Park Blackpool
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Pine Marten - Martes martes324 viewsphotographed in the garden of the gîte we were renting in the Vendée, France
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Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula322 viewsphotographed @ Rossall Point, Fleetwood
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Bittern - Botaurus stellaris321 viewsa nice sighting to start the New Year with, photographed @ Marton Mere nature reserve Blackpool
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Long-eared Owl320 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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