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I love to see Ring Ouzels when walking on the local moors.; they are a bird of wild places and it's nice to think that even sandwiched between the large cities of Sheffield and Manchester there are places that are wild enough to sustain them. Despite loss of suitable habitat and disturbance by walkers (including me on this occasion) and climbers, they appear to be doing reasonably well locally. I disturbed this handsome male of the species whilst feeding on worms (the bird, not me) on a grassy path near Derwent Edge in Derbyshire earlier this month. He flew to a small ledge to check me out before moving a safe distance from me to resume his hunt for worms.

Tags:   moorland moorland edge Derbyshire Ring Ouzel

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Taken at Gigrin Farm in Rhayader, Powys.

Tags:   Rhayader bird of prey Kite Red Kite mid-Wales

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At this time of year there are always a few Wheatears on the local moors as they pass through on their way north to breed. This fine-looking male Wheatear was quite content for me to photograph it from close quarters yesterday evening, as it searched for small insects in patches of grass on the moorland edge (and as I lay flat on the wet grass and the sheep poo!) It was late in the evening and the Wheatear was mostly in shade, but its head caught the last light as it turned briefly towards the sun.

Tags:   Derwent Edge migration moorland moorland edge evening Derbyshire Wheatear

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Taken amongst the Bluebells and Greater Stitchwort in my garden earlier.

Tags:   woodland Oakwood bird Greater Stitchwort Bluebells Nuthatch spring

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On heather moorland near Derwent Edge, Derbyshire.

Tags:   moorland heather moth Derbyshire April spring Emperor Moth Saturnia Saturnia pavonia


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