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On the shore of the river behind my house. I had to stand knee deep in the water to photograph them. They only appear for a short time each summer.

Male Tufted Duck on Hogganfield Loch

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Pulled this out of the archives as this is a busy week and I haven't had much camera time and don't expect I will until after Thanksgiving. I'm usually the one cooking the dinner but this year our son and daughter-in-law are hosting Thanksgiving but I'll be helping out by making the desserts which will include pumpkin pie, of course.

Male cardinals are very pretty, no matter what time of the year it is.

A handsome male yellowhammer seen earlier this afternoon on some scrubby ground between Aggs Hill and Prestbury Hill nature reserve at the top of the Cotswold escarpment. This little fella was in a flock of around twenty yellowhammers and spent his time flitting between the gorsebushes and the hawthorn hedge on the field boundary when he wasn't singing merrily away.

** I prefer not to have parts of the bird feeder in a shot but in this case I happily make an exception. Back in the summer of 2018 a pair of bullfinches established themselves in our garden for about two weeks . We have lived in this house 30 years and it's the only time they have appeared. I have only seen a bullfinch in the countryside a couple of times and at a distance. This shot was taken through a glass window and at a pretty high ISO


This is the male with his fancy colouring




The eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) is a parrot native to the Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea and nearby islands, northeastern Australia, and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). It is unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colours of the plumage; the male having a mostly bright emerald green plumage and the female a mostly bright red and purple/blue plumage.


A most unusual pair.


"Early in spring and summer, [male Northern Flicker] rivals may face off in a display sometimes called a 'fencing duel,' while a prospective mate looks on. Two birds face each other on a branch, bills pointed upward, and bob their heads in time while drawing a loop or figure-eight pattern in the air, often giving rhythmic wicka calls at the same time."


Exciting to watch as these two male woodpeckers bobbed to and away from one another for more than 30 minutes. A female perched nearby seemed not to watch.


Hope to see Flicker juveniles later in June and July.

This male merganser was surprised to see me when he popped up with his recent catch. He quickly put some distance between us.

A male Stonechat posing on the gorse just a few feet from me.

Taken on Dartmoor

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Another image of the male Redstart on Exmoor.

The good news is that the young have fledged successfully and its possible that the parents may raise a second brood although they they often don't.


It was fantastic to watch and photograph them and the area where they nested is secluded and truly beautiful .

Well lets hope the young survive to return to the moors next year.

this male had fresh scars in his face and was foraging in an open area in the northern Serengeti, Tanzania


Male Baboons can be quite intimidating.

The Olive Baboon or Anubis Baboon is similar in size to the Chacma Baboon of Southern Africa.


papio anubis

groene baviaan

babouin olive



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Another shot of this male Redstart a bird that has increased in numbers on Exmoor and Dartmoor over the last few years.


It has been wonderful to photograph this male and his mate and the young were very close to being fledged when I checked on them a couple of days ago.


Fingers crossed that they will survive and return to breed again next year.

Taken on Exmoor.

Up at 0530 this morning and on the moor at 0700 to try and get some images of these lovely summer migrants,related to our more common and resident Stonechats.

Unfortunately when I arrived on the moor it was damp and foggy.

I could hear Whinchats but could not see them!

I returned to the spot a couple of hours later,when the fog had gone, and found a pair feeding its fledgelings in the heather & gorse and this male came in really close to check me out.

Taken on Exmoor.

Male greater prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) of the grouse family vying for dominance in the mating lek in a managed prairie in south-central Illinois.


Once common on the Great Plains, the population of the greater prairie chicken is declining and the species is considered vulnerable. Numerous initiatives are attempting to provide suitable habitat and increase populations.

Adult males appear lighter in color than females because they spend more time outside the burrow during daylight, and their feathers become "sun-bleached".


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Brian Piccolo Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL


Male Bullfinch feeding at RSPB, Old Moor, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Male American Goldfinches Bird.

This is one of the wheatears that I photographed a couple of days ago feeding its brood in a disused Rabbit hole .

Sadly i re-visited the site today and found that the nest has been dug out and destroyed by a fox.

Hopefully the adult birds will have survived to nest again.

Taken on Dartmoor.

Another one of my resident House Sparrow, an adult male this time

Brown Acres - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

A few pairs around yesterday on Dartmoor and most had fledged young flitting around the gorse.This male was feeding some fledgelings in a gorse bush by a path and came in exceptionally close waiting for me to clear off!...which I duly did after a few shots.

A male brimstone butterfly seen in a hedgerow along the Cotswold Way public footpath between Prestbury Hill nature reserve and Cleeve hill and common in Gloucestershire.

This is the male common potto who was about to feed the little chick on the nest close by. I'll publish the chick picture later on. This is an amazing night bird. This picture was taken without flash and I had to increase the ISO. The result is not so bad for 6400 ISO. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. It was an amazing experience.


Have a wonderful day/evening!


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Northern Male Cardinal

As published in Photography Weekly edition 243 18th-25th May 2017.


Male Bullfinch crushing seed, whilst feeding at RSPB, Old Moor, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The male was somewhat reluctant to visit the backyard setup. (On this date, I was experimenting with the 400mm f2.8 L with a 2x.)


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Male kingfisher

A male banded demoiselle damselfly beside the River Avon near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

I was thrilled to get my first butterfly this afternoon. They are so pretty in the early spring.

One of the Off Beat prides big males showing us his fine set of teeth.


Image taken in the Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya.


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Stockentenerpel im Wiener Stadtpark

Male Northern Cardinal in the Snow.

English Male Sparrows Bird

White Legged Damselfly (male) at Well Meadow, Bridgnorth, Shropshire Uk

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