Felt Tip Birds
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
A large wader that doesn’t eat oysters!

Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

A large wader that doesn’t eat oysters!

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.

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.

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’.

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’.

sally seagull makes a dive for chloe’s chips…..to be continued

sally seagull makes a dive for chloe’s chips…..to be continued

Cockerel
Its a male chicken…

Cockerel

Its a male chicken…

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.  

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.  

Peacock and Crow 

Peacock and Crow 

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. 

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. 

Four Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)
I think they must be gathering ready for Christmas.

Four Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

I think they must be gathering ready for Christmas.

Luzon Bleeding Heart (Gallicolumba luzonica)
A shy secretive species of ground dove that lives in the Philipines

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 

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.

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.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
High overhead Sally soars on the warm breeze surveying the beach below

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

High overhead Sally soars on the warm breeze surveying the beach below

Carrion Crow (Corvidae)
On a sunny Easter Sunday on the Beach in Weston Supermare Chloe tucked in to some cold chips…

Carrion Crow (Corvidae)

On a sunny Easter Sunday on the Beach in Weston Supermare Chloe tucked in to some cold chips…

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