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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

MIDWAY: a film by Chris Jordan

MIDWAY: a film by Chris Jordan

Not Asturias but a project I simply had a share.  It left me feeling ashamed to see these birds dying as a direct result of our carelessness and ignorance. You can help fund the release of this film by donating at; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/midwayfilm/join-the-midway-film-project Share...

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Posted on Apr 19, 2012 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

Birding at Villaviciosa

Birding at Villaviciosa

The highlight from today’s trip to Villaviciosa were 3 Spoonbills in the Porreo del Salín area. Bird sightings: Spoonbill, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Spotless Starling, Crow, Greenfinch, Linnet, Wheatear, Redstart, Zitting Cisticola, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Curlew, Magpie, Buzzard, Black Kite, Kestrel, Sedge Warbler, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Robin. Share...

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Posted on Feb 26, 2012 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

The estuary of Villaviciosa – The Water Rail

The estuary of Villaviciosa – The Water Rail

The water rail is a difficult bird to watch. It lives amongst the reeds on wetland sites and I’ve certainly heard more than I have ever seen. They make a distinctive call like a piglet grunting and squealing. I sat for over an hour with 3 water rails in view. They all seemed to possess they’re own territory and walked their patch with a jerking motion in search of food. I was happy to get the photos below with the bird out in the open rather than skulking around in the reedbed. Share...

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Posted on Jul 17, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

For the next generation

For the next generation

We are fortunate to have the potential of watching exciting creatures such as the otter, vulture or eagle, however, its easy to overlook the common species and those that live close by. I’ve noticed a pair of blackbirds over the past few months.  The male has become very tolerant of my presence, hopping around my feet as I sat patiently. His seemingly relaxed attitude may have contributed to his demise.  Having paired up, constructed a nest and produced eggs, both adults birds frantically probed the ground for worms and insects to feed their newly hatched young.  During this time the male survived a sparrowhawk attack which left him with a damaged wing.  I feared the worst but he carried on incessantly feeding the chicks, albeit flying quite strangely. In a cruel twist of fate just as the chicks left the nest, I found the male blackbird dead, killed by a cat.  At least his legacy of 2 chicks in this brood so diligently looked after will continue. Share...

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