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N 57 B 513 C 82 E May 12, 2022 F May 21, 2022
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The bright rose-red flowers of red campion brighten up roadsides, woodlands and hedges throughout the summer. Just as the bluebells finish flowering in our woodlands, red campion starts to come into bloom. If they grow side-by-side for a few weeks, they can turn a woodland floor into an amazing sea of pink and blue.
Red campion is a perennial plant, which means it can live for a number of years, growing and blooming in spring and summer, and dying back in autumn.

Red campion has rose-red flowers with five petals, each deeply notched and almost divided into two; its leaves and stems are hairy. In places where it grows alongside white campion, the two may hybridise to produce pinky or white blooms.

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N 14 B 293 C 2 E May 21, 2022 F May 21, 2022
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Marsh harrier quartering the sand dunes and only flying close when I wasn't looking. North Norfolk coast

Tags:   Marsh harrier North Norfolk coast Norfolk Peter Warne raptor harrier bird of prey BBC Springwatch #appicoftheweek Circus aeruginosus

N 239 B 4.9K C 40 E Jun 1, 2019 F May 21, 2022
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N 15 B 244 C 9 E Jun 26, 2021 F May 21, 2022
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Common Terns / sterna hirundo. Straws Bridge, Derbyshire. 26/06/21.

'AN EXAMPLE OF NOT KEEPING THE MISSUS HAPPY.'

The female Common Tern was incubating her two remaining chicks, (part of one visible at the front of her folded wing). The male tern had just flown in with a stickleback which he deposited on the platform behind her. You can see it beside his left foot.

From her posture with turned head and open beak, you can tell she wasn't impressed. He made no attempt to pick up the fish and offer it to her but instead, stood looking down at a broken egg shell and embryo in front of him - one of their clutch of three.

It made a rather poignant scene I thought, a snapshot of life on the nesting platform in 2021. Sadly, the pair failed to raise any young and within a few days both chicks got predated.

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Tags:   common tern sterna hirundo straws bridge derbyshire adults birds seabirds aka sea swallows migrants summer visitors british pop. in decline widespread localised coastland inland urban rural shingle beaches large lakes gravel pits reservoirs medium sized terns elegant graceful silvery-grey upperparts white rump white tail long tail streamers long, angular wings extend beyond tail short orange-red legs orangey-red webbed feet black cap + nape white underparts dark eyes narrow pointed red beak hovers when fishing dives for fish fish invertebrates leeches molluscs crustaceans large insects fast, buoyant flight makes long migration winters around tropics winters around sub-tropics generally one brood annually summer local lake wooden platform nesting site ousted from tern raft female incubating 2 chicks male (ringed) on right stickleback left of male female interacting head turned/beak open bokeh


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