Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Sightings reported this week by @wwt at the London Wetland Centre. Although to me they appear clumsy with terrible posture, this shy redlist species moves silently along the waters edge making it difficult to spot.
Incidentally this is an experimental drawing done upside down.
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
A small exotic looking, secretive wetland bird. Generally avoids people but can be more easily spotted in the winter (UK). She doesn’t look secretive with that big beak, but apparently water rails are ’…far more often heard than seen…’ according to the RSPB, which may explain that.
A Red Legged Partridge(Alectoris rufa) looking for a pear tree.
He seems posh, pretty & pompous to me, probably a result of his appearance & unfortunate association with the upper classes through his popularity as a ‘game’ bird. More of a runner than a flyer, he’s not native to the UK but can be seen as far north as Scotland since being introduced for ‘game’.
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Apparently this ground nesting bird has been living in Britain since the last ice age its numbers have declined so it is on the conservation red list but in the category for least concern.
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Amazing Diving Birds with bright light blue eyes, they eat lots of fish, perform elaborate mating rituals and hang out round the North Atlantic.
Luzon Bleeding Heart (Gallicolumba luzonica)
A shy secretive species of ground dove that lives in the Philipines
Willow tit (Poecile montanus)
Now on the UK engandered list this little bird has a very strong neck with which it excavates its nest hole
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
This passerine bird with eclectic markings learns a single song from its father and is used by neuroscientists to try and understand Autism.