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Monday, 15 January 2018

Teal, Shovelers, Pintails and other birds at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Sat. 13 January 2018



View from the hide from where the pictures above were taken


Lapwings and Canada geese

Canada geese

failing light

Pintails landing

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Two male Green woodpeckers menacing each other this morning in a Surrey garden in the UK.

This morning two Green woodpeckers were alternatively swaying and moving their heads from side to side one after the other in a face off, which lasted long enough for me to grab my camera from upstairs and shoot a few burst pictures at perhaps 30m. distance from an upstairs window in a Surrey garden.

Was it a male and female in a courtship ritual?
A close examination of the pictures above (shown below) reveals that both are males: characterised by red moustaches -- females have black ones.  See
This behaviour then is a sort of harmless "shadow boxing" to establish a territorial hierarchy perhaps.

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