Bald sea eagle in Andover

A symbol for the United States – the bald eagle – and not native to the United Kingdom. He or she has just returned to his handler at Andover Hawk Conservancy after an excursion in the wild. I am very impressed with the birds at the conservancy. They were allowed to take excursions and returned to their handlers during the raptor show. Several vultures and several buzzards were also shown flying in a group.

This eagle has a twin in Europe – the sea eagle – without a white head.

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A promenade at Stonehenge

A rather large bird with the size of a goose, unknown to me,  promenaded itself at Stonehenge on Easter. More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .

Update 2017-05-23 Gordon (see comment below) told me this was a rare bird, great bustard, that is reintroduced to the UK. A very cool and calm bird amongst the people visiting Stonehenge on easter. I Googled the bird and Wikipedia told that there are cirka 40 birds on the Salisbury Plains where this bird was seen. Many thanks to Gordon! 

Ruff – Calidris pugnax

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This is quite a peculiar bird as it has three different sorts of males or rather appearance of males. When in the mating season the majority of ruff males grows a spectacular breeding plumage. Most of the ruffs grow dark plumage but others have light plumage and a minority of the male ruffs looks like the females. This ruff is seen at Högholmen – Korkeasaari in Helsinki zoo in Finland in the middle of November 2016. The legs are grey so it should be a juvenile. More about it on wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff

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Dusky moorhen – Gallinula tenebrosa

IMG_0368This dusky moorhen promenaded itself along the river in Salisbury in England. I identified it as a coot which is almost correct as it belongs to the same family but saw when I googled it that it isn´t quite the same. I found the name dusky moorhen – Gallinula tenebrosa on Wikipedia and it comes from  India, Australia, New Guinea, Borneo and Indonesia.

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .

Ruff – Calidris pugnax

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This is quite a peculiar bird as it has three different sorts of males or rather appearance of males. When in the mating season the majority of ruff males grows a spectacular breeding plumage. Most of the ruffs grow dark plumage but others have light plumage and a minority of the male ruffs looks like the females. This ruff is seen at Högholmen – Korkeasaari in Helsinki zoo in Finland in the middle of November 2016. The legs are light orange so it could be a female. More about it on wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruff

More critters at Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters and more winged pictures at Wild Bird Wednesday and  The BIRD D’Pot .