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Lundy Auk Superstars

July 9, 2019

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Razorbills, Guillemots and Puffins are the big three superstars of the Lundy Island seabird cities. Their distinctive black and white colouring and upright stance remind us of the the worlds favourite bird; the penguin, although they are far from related. Like penguins however they are slightly awkward on land having largely sacrificed mobility, and to […]

Woody Peckers

June 2, 2019

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There’s quite a few woodpeckers hanging around the Longlands valley. You can hear them early doors, in March the hollow hammer drill drum of the nest excavations often make you wonder if they get headaches. They are also frequent bird table visitors and although the green woodpecker is a little bit more shy, it was […]

The auks of Duncansby head

April 27, 2019

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Tucked away around the corner from John O’Groats, with its famous sea stacks, Duncansby head is a heaven for sea birds. Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins and more. These photos were taken over the glorious Easter weekend of 2019. Click on a pic.                       Eider   […]

Kestrel on Hartland Point

March 11, 2019

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Being at heart an action-sports photographer. (In a previous life I was a professional surf photographer for 15 years). And now learning the dark arts of landscape photography, it is always a pleasure to bump into some wildlife and getting a buzz from frantically doing the maths and changing settings to shoot at high shutter […]

Pedigree Lundy Peregrine

February 20, 2019

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One of the many joys of a trip to Lundy is a Peregrine Falcon sighting. There are up to half a dozen pairs resident on the island and it is not unusual to get a fleeting glance of a Peregrine as it patrols the cliffs around the island. They are quick and shy; and this […]

Merry Chrimbo 2018

December 24, 2018

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Merry Christmas to all fellow bloggers and readers of this humble and a million other blogs, to everyone who is brave enough to put it out there for ‘the troll’ to feed on – we salute you! Here’s a cheeky, red, red robin taken on a snowy spring day at Moles Chamber on Exmoor earlier […]

Snowfall – the perfect bird accessory

February 7, 2018

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Living here by the coast in North Devon means that we rarely see snow, salty onshore winds see to that. The last time it snowed on the beach was way back in February 2009. (There are some photos in a blog entitled ‘Can you smell carrots’. Here > https://esterspears.com/2016/01/11/can-you-smell-carrots/  ) Just a few miles up the […]