Latest UK Bird Photos

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Great White Egret Ardea alba
Idle Washlands, Nottinghamshire, September 2021.

Great White Egrets were everywhere! 6 together on one pool.




















Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Upper Midhope, South Yorkshire, September 2021.

Migrating "Pink-feet" featured for 3 days running towards the end of the month as they decided on which wintering ground to visit, Lancashire or Norfolk.





















Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire, September 2021.

Showing well at the "Phalarope" Pool.





















Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire, September 2021.

This scarce Nearctic visitor performed well as it entertained many visiting this picturesque RSPB reserve.





















Great White Egret Ardea alba
Blacktoft Sands RSPB, Yorkshire, September 2021.

Nice views of the Great White Egret from Singleton Hide.



















White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus
Blacktoft Sands RSPB, Yorkshire, September 2021.

This long staying rarity showed well.
























Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Sammy's Point, Spurn, East Yorkshire, September 2021.

The air was full of up to 7 competing Short-eared Owls.
























Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota
Kilnsea, Spurn, East Yorkshire, September 2021.

A party of 7 pale-bellied took up temporary residence at Kilnsea.





















Hobby Falco subbuteo
England, September 2021.

Nice views of a Hobby looking for hirundine lunch.



















Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, September 2021.

Still in residence, but playing second fiddle to the Green Warbler in the nearby (almost cliff top) dell.

























Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Rainham Marshes RSPB, London, September 2021.

A colour-ringed bird (A9 and Orange/Red over Yellow), await details of its travels.



















Great Skua Stercorarius skua
Rainham Marshes RSPB, London, September 2021.

Scarce visitor up the Thames, drifted in on the tide and back out towards the Dartford Crossing.




















Great Skuas Stercorarius skua and Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, August 2021.

Nice to get some record photos of these late summer passage visitors.




















White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus
Blacktoft Sands RSPB, Yorkshire, August 2021.

A first for Yorkshire, this elegant wader attracted many to the site the first morning and since.




















Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
England, August 2021.
A juvenile feeding up on a moorland Rowan tree.



















Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Kilnsea Wetlands, Spurn, East Yorkshire, August 2021.

As with Cromer several Caspian Gulls recorded at Kilnsea Wetlands, the typical July/August passage of juveniles, one shown here had a yellow ring, probably X23M.
























Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
Cromer, Norfolk, August 2021.

Many different Caspian Gulls have been recorded on the beach by Cromer Pier this July/August. Three are shown here from 21 August 2021. A pale juv (1st 6 photos), a dark juv. (next 6 photos) and a 1st summer (final 9 photos).




































































Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire, July 2021.

Despite the spread of this species into and across GB, at least 26 present at GBs wader headquarters, they will always deserve more than a quick glance.



















Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire, July 2021.

Always nice to see especially at close quarters allowing the uppperpart pattern, extent of the white lining down the sides and wing to tail ratios characteristic of this species to be noted.























Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Adwich Washland RSPB, South Yorkshire, July 2021.

Showing well in very hot conditions on Harlington Flash.



















Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey, North Wales, July 2021.

At the southern end of its breeding range. Several local breeders were gathering on the shingle beach.



















Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey, North Wales, July 2021.

Brilliant views of this very rare visitor from the Pacific coast of the Americas. Change in posture = change in crest shape.



























Puffin Fratercula arctica, Guillemot Uria aalge, Razorbill Alca torda, Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla and Gannet Morus bassanus

Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, July 2021.

Overshadowed by the visitor from the southern oceans.





































Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, July 2021.

Simply amazing, an albatross perhaps from the Falkand Islands taking up residence on a cliff in Yorkshire, that's daft!

























Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Wykeham Forest, North Yorkshire, July 2021.

The striking pale bird showed briefly from the watchpoint.





Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Rainham Marshes RSPB, London, June 2021.

Three birds present, 1 feeding in Aveley Bay and 2 asleep on the middle of the reserve.




















Spurn, East Yorkshire - May 2021.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
One of several showing well at the Point.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
Nice views of this rarity just past the Narrows.

Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Tricky to see this late Spring migrant showed briefly by the Point nature trail.










Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Welbeck Watchpoint, Nottinghamshire, May 2021.

Two elusive birds showed well after quite a while.






















Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
Swillington Ings RSPB, West Yorkshire, May 2021.

This rare visitor showed well shouting at Black-headed Gulls.




























Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Elstree, Hertfordshire, April 2021.

Present for one day in a horse paddock by the village.




















Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Ewden Valley, South Yorkshire, April 2021.

A passage bird flying low over the valley heading north.




















Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
England, April 2021.

Several seen arriving back on the moorlands.




















Brown? Shrike Lanius sp
Johnny Brown's Common, South Kirkby, West Yorkshire, October 2020.

Adult male Brown Shrike? I'll leave it down to the experts over its id.


















Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
Holme, Norfolk, October 2020.

Simply stunning, how many Bluetails around the village car park area? At one stage it was 'photobombed' by another flying to the pines.


















Spurn, East Yorkshire - October 2020.

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Showing very nicely around Middle Camp.

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
Nice views at the bottom of Kilnsea Triangle.





















Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
South Shields, County Durham, Oct. 2020.

The 4th for GB showing fairly well in a cold north-easterly wind. Nice to study the plumage.




















Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
England, October 2020.

Probably a passage bird on the moorland edge.
















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, Autumn 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, Autumn 2020.

Several close flybys from the wanderers.



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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.