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Holiday time in Cornwall

Posted Monday 5th August 2013 at 23:27 by Green Sandpiper
It was great to be away, but now that I've had a day at work and it seems like I've never been away at all, I've got the chance to report on the birding opportunities I had whilst away.

Firstly, the caveats. This was a family holiday, so any birding was of the accidental/ surreptitious variety. in saying that, its Cornwall, its the seaside, and its summer, so it was hardly a weekend shoe- shopping at Braehead.

Stayed at our usual caravan site, Tehidy Holiday Park,...
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Best Shots 2013

Posted Sunday 28th July 2013 at 15:07 by DOXHOPE
2013 sees one of my images of an opsrey with a fish, winning the Animal section of the Best Shots Photography competition. Over 8000 entries from over 60 different countries.
Anyone wish to see more about the competition and the winners, please search for Best Shots Photography competition 2013, or visit http://billdoherty.co.uk/articles_264948.html

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Bill Doherty
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Oystercatchers of the world. Pt 1: The black-and-white ones.

Posted Tuesday 23rd July 2013 at 08:17 by Rick and Elis
There are twelve species of oystercatcher around the world and they all belong to the genus Haematopus. One of them, Canarian Black Oystercatcher H. meadewaldoi, is extinct, another the Chatham Islands Oystercatcher H. chathamensis is endangered and another the African Black Oystercatcher H. moquini is near-threatened according to the IUCN Red data list.
Of the twelve species, five fall into the 'black oystercatcher' camp, six into the 'black-and-white osystercatcher' camp and one, the Variable...
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So that's why they call them sparrowhawks!

Posted Monday 22nd July 2013 at 16:34 by Rick and Elis
Working away at her computer, organising the thousands of photos she has and sourcing my incessant demands for photos to illustrate our blogs, Elis happened to glance up and saw this Eurasian Sparrowhawk on prey in our front garden through a gap in the blinds.
http://www.rick-simpson.com/2013/07/...rrowhawks.html
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The world of stilts.

Posted Saturday 20th July 2013 at 19:51 by Rick and Elis
The Himantopus stilts are elegant birds, they adorn any wetland they visit with a certain grace and beauty as they potter around the water's edge looking for food.
Taxonomically they are less agreeable. Some regard them as being just two species (HBW 1996), the global black and white stilt known as Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus and critically endangered Black Stilt H. novaezelandiae even then the latter was considerd a colour morph of H. himantopus by some (Oliver 1930). I say...
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