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Pied-Billed Grebe at RSPB Ham Wall

February 16, 2013
Yesterday a report came in on the SOS Bird News messageboard that a pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) had been spotted at RSPB Ham Wall and was performing well in f...
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Smew Pair at Decoy Hide

February 12, 2013
For the last few weeks there has been a pair of smew visible from Decoy Hide at Shapwick Heath NNR on the Somerset Levels. More recently, a second redhead smew has been o...
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Trailcam Investigations in the Garden

February 04, 2013
A week or so ago, Margot, my better half, alerted me to the presence of an unseen digger of holes in the garden. These were about 4 inches across and 2 inches deep and in...
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Male Hen Harrier at Catcott Lows

February 01, 2013
There has been a male hen harrier seen from the hide at Catcott Lows aver the last fortnight and I was lucky enough to see it today on my second attempt. What a great bir...
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Big Otters, Little Otters and Birds

January 20, 2013
Getting up at 4.30 am is not my usual start to the day but I hadn't slept much anyway with the anticipation of a trip to Dorset to look for otters. Jane, an enthusiastic...
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Fun With Raptors at the Hawk Conservancy

January 11, 2013
I had a very enjoyable session photographing various raptors in flight at the Hawk Conservancy in Hampshire this afternoon. A beautiful blue sky, well behaved birds (and...
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Glaucous Gull and Other Rarities

January 08, 2013
In the last couple of weeks I've had some lovely times with a local barn owl but also connected with some rarer birds which has been interesting. Firstly there were repor...
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Barn Owl Hunting in Winter Sunshine

January 01, 2013
After the wettest year on record, New Year's Day 2013 turned out dry and largely sunny with a blustery breeze. The barn owl that has been regularly seen off the Steart Ro...
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Barn Owl Hunting During the Day at Steart

December 29, 2012
There has been a barn owl seen regularly over the last few weeks hunting along the fields by the road to Steart. The near perpetual rainfall may well have made some of it...
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First Trailcam Trials 2012

December 18, 2012
I've been aware for probably 20 years or so that badgers and foxes trundle down the length of our garden path at night. Although we are only minutes from the town centre,...
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