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Top British garden birds revealed

Top British Garden Birds

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I’m overjoyed this morning to have one of my bird images, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, included in a main article (http://bbc.in/QiDfXV) on the BBC Nature (http://bbc.in/1eTfEpi) website!

Following the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey in January the Great Spotted Woodpecker is now in the top 20 birds spotted in our gardens, rising from 25th spot last year.

The House Sparrow was still the most commonly seen bird despite it’s recent dramatic decline in numbers which has seen it classified as a threatened species.

The Blue Tit, one of my favourite birds to photograph, is now ranked second in the survey, it’s highest position since 1979. I can certainly agree with this as I see more Blue Tits than anything else here in Suffolk.

The Great Tit, the largest of the Tit species, one of the more aggressive birds at the feeders, was ranked number 8.

The Blackbird fell from second to fourth place, due mainly to the mild winter which has allowed the bird to find more food in the countryside and not having to rely on garden feeders.

Check out my British Garden Birds album http://bit.ly/1gaPIpp for images of some of the birds in the top 20.

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Common Blue

Common Blue

The Common Blue Butterfly Polyommatus icarus is a diminutive little insect with very distinctive underwing patterns and a vivid electric blue upper wing in the male. The female is brown with hints of blue.

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#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography 

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
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#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
#MacroGallery +Macro GALLERY (curated by +Heinrich Wagner)

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Red Soldier Beetles

Red Soldier Beetles

A little divergence from my usual shots, these two were spotted doing their thing whilst out looking for Butterflies. These little Beetles are only 1cm long and are extremely abundant this summer in the UK.

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#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography 

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#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
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#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
#MacroGallery +Macro GALLERY (curated by +Heinrich Wagner)

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Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown is a late summer arrival in the UK, easily spotted with it’s Orange inner wings and distinctive underwing pattern.

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#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
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#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
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Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper

One last shot of the Skippers, this time the front on view of an Essex Skipper clearly showing the black tips to the underside of the antennae to distinguish it from the Small Skipper.

Happy weekend to all on G+

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#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography 

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
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Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Another angle on the Small Skipper clearly showing the orange underside to the antennae tips which distinguish it from the Essex Skipper

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#butterflyphotography #butterflyoftheday 
#onthewingsofbutterflies
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography 

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
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Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper

Following my last post of a Small Skipper (http://bit.ly/1rw5our) this very similar Butterfly, although looking identical, is an Essex Skipper distinguished by the less pronounced wing stripe and more importantly the black underside to the antennae tips.

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#butterflyphotography #butterflyoftheday
#onthewingsofbutterflies
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
#MacroGallery +Macro GALLERY (curated by +Heinrich Wagner)

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Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Lots of these around in the fields at the back of my house at the moment. The Small Skipper is identified by the darker wing stripe and orange underside to the antennae tips.

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#butterflyphotography #butterflyoftheday
#onthewingsofbutterflies
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
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Ringlet

Ringlet

A new addition to my 2014 Butterflies collection, lots of these around this year along with the Meadow Browns and Skippers.

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#butterflyphotography #butterflyoftheday
#onthewingsofbutterflies
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
#MacroGallery +Macro GALLERY (curated by +Heinrich Wagner)

#showyourbestwork +ShowYourBestWork (curated by +Britta Rogge)

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Comma

Comma

Back to Butterflies this evening, this time a Comma resting on a Nettle in the fields near my Suffolk home.

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#butterflyphotography #butterflyoftheday
#onthewingsofbutterflies
#WingsofButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies! (curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette)

#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)

#Macro #MacroPhotography

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict (curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +Didier Caron)
#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro (curated by +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Albert Vuvu Konde and +Robert Vierthaler)
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro  +Best Top Photographer Group (curated by +Chandro Ji +Janet Clark +Magnus Ericson +Karsten Pohlmann)
#Macro4All +Macro4All (curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen)
#Macromonday (curated by +Kelli Seeger Kim +Kerry Murphy +Sandra Parlow +Jeff Moreau)
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Juvenile Green Woodpecker

Juvenile Green Woodpecker

This young Green Woodpecker has been eluding me for a while and only managed this distant shot of him nestled down in the grass, hope to get a clearer shot!!

For #birdpoker Monday’s theme Woodpeckers  (curated by +Phil Armishaw)

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#HQSPbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner and +Susan Wilkinson
#Animalia +Animalia (curated by +Adelphe BACHELET)
#BTPBirdPro +BTP Bird Pro curated by +Rinus Bakker +William Joers
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones
#birdsinfocus #birdsspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
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