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  1. IanF

    Woodchat Shrike - RSPB Saltholme, Billingham, NE England - 2nd June 2021

    Officially 'found' on 2nd June 2021 when it was identified. Visitors reported to staff having seen a Shrike in that area the day previous but didn't investigate. It remained until at least 7.30 pm but there was no sign next day.
  2. IanF

    Purple Heron - Dormans Pool, RSPB Saltholme, Billingham - 6th June 2021

    Popped out of the reed around 6.30 pm. Giving good views though always distant. It was still around today.
  3. IanF

    Blue-winged Teal hybrid? - RSPB Leighton Moss, UK

    Seen this morning from Lilian's Hide. I thought Blue-winged Teal when I saw the face markings but now wondering if it's a Shoveler hybrid.
  4. IanF

    Wader ID - Greatham Creek, Billingham NE England

    The bird to the left of the Greenshank. Seen this morning. Not the best of photos as taken at great distance in dull conditions. Thought it was a Dunlin at the time but the photos show a barred tail. Curlew Sandpiper were reported there this morning as well. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. IanF

    Dragonfly identifcation help wanted -Lesser Emperor? - Billingham NE UK

    Saw this on my local patch this morning. I thought it was an immature hawker or Empreror when I saw it but it's got me wondering if it's a Lesser Emperor?
  6. IanF

    Little Swift - Hartlepool Headland

    Still around mid-morning feeding along the promenade by town moor. Regularly just a few metres away as it fed back and forth along the path.
  7. IanF

    Scops Owl - Ryhope, County Durham

    Known to birders the last few days, though from locals as an unidentified bird it may have been present for several weeks. A new county record. 1&2 Nikon P900 3&4 Canon 7D+Canon 400mm f5,6
  8. IanF

    Pied Avocet - RSPB Saltholme - which colour ring scheme?

    I saw this Avocet yesterday at RSPB Saltholme. Ring details appear to be - Left tibia - Large lime above small brown Right tibia - Small brown above large dark green. Metal on tarsus It's not a locally ringed bird and I can't see a similar scheme on cr-birding. Anyone have an idea which...
  9. IanF

    Wigeon ID - American or Euarasian - RSPB Saltholme

    A very pale Wigeon on Saltholme Pools this morning. Unfortunately views weren't that good as it was mostly asleep. When it did briefly lift it's head, a male Wigeon moved in front of it. We couldn't decide if it was just an immature Wigeon or possibly an American Wigeon due to the greyish...
  10. IanF

    Red-flanked Bluetail - Hartlepool, UK

    Found on the beach last night by Colin Dodsworth and initially still in the same spot this morning. Late morning at 11.17 I saw it fly over the sea wall towards the Croft. It was soon relocated in the Putting Green where it gave prolonged views as it sat in the sun. A first for me Nikon P900
  11. IanF

    Wader - Billingham, Cleveland, UK

    Seen this evening. Three birds on tidal mud flats. I suspect Wood Sandpiper but I'm unsure. Photos taken at extreme distance in poor light.
  12. IanF

    Voting Booth - August 2014 PRIZE photo competition - Birds in Flight

    We had 58 entries for this months PRIZE competition to win a LensMaster RH-1 Gimbal Head - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/ - generously donated by member GYRob 30 entries have been selected for inclusion in the voting booth for members to vote upon. Apologies to everyone who's entry didn't make...
  13. IanF

    August 2014 PRIZE photographic competition - Birds in Flight

    The theme for the August 2014 photo theme challenge is Birds in Flight The outright winner will receive a LensMaster RH-1 Gimbal Head - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/ - generously donated by member GYRob :t: The theme is further defined as being a photograph of a bird/birds in flight whether...
  14. IanF

    Voting Booth - July 2014 photo theme challenge - Bird Silhouettes

    We have 26 entries in this months competition and all have been included in the voting booth for members to vote upon. Please cast your vote for your favourite entry. Entries can be viewed as - Thumbnails Slideshow On completion of voting entries will remain in place for a few days before...
  15. IanF

    Announcing the July 2014 theme challenge - Bird Silhouettes

    The theme is Bird Silhouettes. We're looking for photos of birds along the lines of what you might normally try to avoid, underexposure i.e. black bird shapes against a bright background. Examples would be taking a bird against a bright sky either in flight or perched on a fence using...
  16. IanF

    Voting Booth - June 2014 photo theme challenge - Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians

    We have 27 entries in this months competition and all have been included in the voting booth for members to vote upon. Please cast your vote for your favourite entry. Entries can be viewed as - Thumbnails Slideshow On completion of voting entries will remain in place for a few days before...
  17. IanF

    Announcing the June 2014 theme challenge - Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians

    The theme this month is wild animals. Whilst Bird Forum is primarily about wild birds we have active discussion and a gallery forum for animals. Here's another chance for members to post photos of the wild creatures that they come across whether on their travels or in their own back yard...
  18. IanF

    Voting Booth - May 2014 photo theme challenge - Birds and Water

    We had 42 entries for this months photo theme challenge. 30 entries have been selected for inclusion in the voting booth which were felt best fitted the theme of Birds and Water. Apologies to everyone who's entry didn't make it to the voting stage. There are several exceptional entries this...
  19. IanF

    Announcing the May 2014 theme challenge - Birds and Water

    The monthly theme challenge for May 2014 is ‘Birds and water'. The theme is further defined as being a photograph of a bird/birds interacting with water. For example - birds bathing, in the rain, feeding in water, reflections in water, swimming and diving etc. As long as a bird or birds are...
  20. IanF

    Voting Booth - April 2014 photo theme challenge - Perched Bird

    From the 72 entries we had this month 30 photos have been selected for inclusion in the voting booth. Please cast your vote for your favourite entry - Entries can be viewed individually from the individual links above or by using the options below - 1. Thumbnails 2. Slideshow .
  21. IanF

    Announcing the April 2014 theme challenge - Perched Bird

    The theme for April 2014 is 'Perched Bird'. Entries should be of a single perched bird. This is defined as a single bird which is stood e.g. on the ground, in the water, on a tree branch, fence, lampost, telegraph pole, roof top etc. Birds in flight will not be accepted. The rules must be...
  22. IanF

    Voting booth - March 2014 photo theme challenge - Birdscapes

    From the 46 entries we had this month the 30 photos that best fit the theme description - Birdscapes - have been selected for inclusion in the voting booth. Please cast your vote for your favourite entry - Entries can be viewed individually from the individual links above or by using the...
  23. IanF

    March 2014 photo theme challenge - Birdscapes

    The theme this month is Birdscapes. We're looking for photos of birds in their surroundings rather than a close up view of an individual bird. The intent is for scenic capture showing the birds in their habitat. The birds may be no more than 5-10% though could still be up to around 50% of the...
  24. IanF

    Voting Booth - February 2014 - Camouflaged Birds

    We have 13 entries for this months photo theme challenge all of which are included in the voting booth. Please cast your vote for your favourite entry - Entries can be viewed individually from the links above or by - 1. Thumbnails 2. Slideshow Entries will remain in place until completion...
  25. IanF

    Announcing the February 2014 theme challenge - Camouflaged Birds

    The theme challenge for February 2014 is 'Camouflaged Birds'. Some birds use natural camouflage such as their plumage but others despite being brightly coloured can be hard to spot. We're looking for entries containing a wild bird/birds that are hard to spot in their surroundings - whether due...
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