Wildlife Park


Captive animals rather than in the wild but a chance to see these animals.

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bird with many names.


A bird with many names. – Northan Lapwings also call Peewit after their call “PEEWIT” – tuit or tew-it, green plover, or just lapwing, are also names this bird is known by.

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Much of the farmland where I watched these birds as a child is now housing estates this and changing farming methods have led to a large decline in this species numbers in recent years.

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Arrival in numbers.


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This morning a flock of about 20 Black-tailed Godwit’s flew into Titchfield Haven. I have seen one or two over the last few weeks but this was the largest group.

Black-tailed Godwits are large wading birds in summer they have striking bright orange-brown chests and bellies, but in winter they are more greyish-brown.  Most distinctive features are their long thick beaks and legs. The female birds are bigger and heavier than the males, with a noticeably longer beak.

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Tern Island


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Common Terns have started using this island at Titchfield Haven to rest on when the tide is in and there is no beach for them. A few weeks ago the islands were fully occupied by the colony of breading Black-headed gulls.

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Below is a young  Common tern and  Black-headed Gull, It was interesting to watch this Juvenile pair happy together and learning the art of catching something in the water together.

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fishing birds.


The Cormorant has a primitive appearance with a long neck making it appear almost prehistoric  Their flight appears slow and almost clumsy. I would class them as a better swimmer and diver than a flier. Which is probably why Cormorants fish from swimming on the water surface- diving down to catch their meal rather than diving from down flight into the water to catch their fish.

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below old blog showing some Cormorants.

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This bird can be seen in a typical pose standing with its wings held out to dry in the breeze after doing some fishing. In some parts of Asia fishermen tether Cormorants and use them from small boats to catch fish for them.

 

Flower Power Protester.


As the summer goes on the grasses have turned brown and as it has been so dry everywhere it is dusty under foot but among the grasses, colorful flowers poke through the brown.

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The cinnabar moth caterpillars have hatched and their distinctive orange and black strips make them an easy spot. They are only found on their host plant the Ragwort. The moth is also recognisable due to its bright red spots and stripes on the grey-black front wings, their rear wings are scarlet with charcoal edging. The moth can be found in open fields and gardens from May to August.

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This Wood Pigeon decided to come off his branch and wander around on the ground amongst the flowers and reminded me of Flower power and peace protesters around the time of Vietnam War. So perhaps he was doing a peaceful anti-Trump visit to the UK one bird protest.

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A lot of Avocet pictures.


 

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I took a lot of Avocet pictures today. I think these birds are beautiful and graceful on the water especially as they walk across the lagoon in shallow water at Titchfield Haven. The chicks are fully grown now and indistinguishable from except for the adult birds apart from a little area of fawn on their backs. (see picture above – bottom bird).

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