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Posted on Jun 18, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

Time to grow up and leave home

Time to grow up and leave home

Many birds have more than one brood during the breeding season.  Robins usually have 2 broods.  The fledglings leave the nest and are cared for by the male for around 3 weeks, whilst the female prepares for nesting once more. Fledged robins possess an all over mottled brown colour.  After two or three months the birds grow some orange feathers under its chin which gradually spreads to complete red breast appearance. Share...

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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

Busy on the coast

Busy on the coast

On a recent trip to the western Asturian and Galician coast we were inundated with sightings of Stonechats and Black Redstarts.  Both birds were attracted to the occasional gorge bush that were dotted amongst the sand dunes but I still couldn’t get that close.  You need a lot of patience or luck to photograph these. Share...

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Posted on Apr 27, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

Early fledgling

Early fledgling

After hearing a bird incessantly calling close by we discovered a young blackbird hidden amongst the grass close to the river.  There appeared to be no adult around.  It fell silent upon realising we were watching it, so we left it in peace hoping it doesn’t draw the attention of any cats. Share...

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Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

The Blackcap

The Blackcap

Bird watching has been a little sparse lately though one bird we cannot miss at the moment is the Blackcap.  The trees and bushes lining the river are full with their beautiful warbling song.  I was quite pleased to grab a shot of this male as they don’t stay still for long. Share...

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Posted on Mar 28, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

The Mallard

The Mallard

Still all quiet, a few otter tracks in the sand offer some comfort. However, one species doing well are the mallard ducks.  From our observations their numbers have increased since the flood prevention work that was carried out last year.  Perhaps the more open water suits them as trees and small islands have been removed. Share...

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Posted on Mar 15, 2011 in Birds, Blog | 0 comments

The Dipper

The Dipper

The dipper has grown to become a favourite of mine since living close to a river. Its a remarkable bird with its agility to navigating the river currents. Like the mallards they seem to have favoured well since the flood prevention work, though perhaps this is just a good year or we notice them more with less obstructions. Share...

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