Latest UK Bird Photos

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Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis
Kilnsea Wetlands, Spurn, East Yorkshire, Sep. 2020.

A small party of the many that were pushed down the North Sea Coast in gale force northerly winds and squally rain showers associated with an east cost low pressure system.
















Great White Egret Ardea alba and Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia
Old Moor RSPB, South Yorkshire, Sep. 2020.

Now not unusual to see these 2 species visiting the Dearne Valley. They shared the grassy bank separating Wath Ings with the Willow Pool.
















Raven Corvus corax
England, Sep. 2020.

Enjoying the turbulent air over a moorland ridge.
















Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, Yorkshire, Sep. 2020.

Nice to study in the hand, seen earlier around the bird garden but very elusive.
















Common Crane Grus grus
Edderthorpe Flash, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Sep. 2020.

This brief and still rare visitor showed well in the evening sunlight.
















Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Warham Greens, Norfolk, Sep. 2020.

Norfolk's 2nd sheltered from the wind as it hunted along the coast path hedgerow.


















Spurn, East Yorkshire - August 2020.

Wryneck Jynx torquilla
The fearless Wryneck allowed close studies.

Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Very active for this species.

Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Advanced juvenile, one of many Med. Gulls at the wetlands, the youngsters in different stages of the change from juv to 1st winter plumage.

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Cracking views by the seawatching hide.

Little Stint Calidris minuta
Brief views of a bright juvenile.
























Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
England, August 2020.

The Sparrowhawk had a real go at the big one. If the big one got angry would not have fancied the Sparrowhawk's chances.





















Peregrine Falco peregrinus
England, August 2020.

Several close flybys from the wanderer.

















Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Rainham Marshes RSPB, London, August 2020.

A juvenile in Aveley Bay.

















Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Rainham Marshes RSPB, London, August 2020.

Several at low tide west of the reserve.
















Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Wykeham Forest, North Yorkshire, August 2020.

Amazing views of this patrolling forest specialist.





Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Nostefield, North Yorkshire, August 2020.

One stopping off in the Nostefield area on its way south.






Peak District - August 2020.

Red Kite Milvus milvus
Still, always nice to see.

Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Sighting of the year or the decade? A brilliant raptor, over to the BOURC, time for Category A?

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
A passage juvenile.

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Being fed in a moorland gully by host parents, Meadow Pipits.

Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
Several pairs along one valley edge is encouraging.


















Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Nostefield, North Yorkshire, August 2020.

This long stayer was a nice addition to my Yorkshire List (339), and gave decent views in the company of a Redshank.



Hertfordshire - Lockdown - Spring 2020.

Red Kite Milvus milvus
Always nice to see, almost daily sightings.

Buzzard Buteo buteo
One of several local birds.

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Resting before hunting.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Flying over suburbia.

Peregrine Falco peregrinus
A couple of wandering immatures.

Hobby Falco subbuteo
One chasing Swallows and Swifts in late June.

Whitethroat Sylvia communis
One of the commonest warblers present in local scrubland.


































Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
nr Morden, London, March 2020.

An elusive individual that showed on occasion usually picked up on call.
















(Siberian) Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis
nr Morden, London, March 2020.

Nice views of 2 overwintering tristis Chiffchaffs present near to a Yellow-browed Warbler, with Firecrest a few hundred yards away.













Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Erith, London, March 2020.

A cracking 1st winter that glowed in dull light, present on the rising tide just by Erith Pier.