Bird photography masthead photo

NIGEL S. ROBERTS

Bird photography

For a shortcut to photographs of any particular species, click on the relevant blue link in the following index. (Note, though, that species names in brown type are birds listed in Gordon Williams’ Birds of New Zealand that I’ve not yet photographed, but hope eventually to do so.)

NEW ZEALAND BIRDS:
Australasian harrier *
Banded dotterel *
Banded rail *
Bellbird *
Bittern *
Black-backed gull *
Blackbird
Black-fronted tern *
Black swan
Blue duck *
Buller’s mollymawk *
California quail
Canada goose
Caspian tern *
Chaffinch
Common chaffinch
Crested grebe *
Diving petrel *
Eastern rosella
Eurasian blackbird
Fairy penguin
Fantail *
Fluttering shearwater
Gannet *
Godwit *
Hoiho
House sparrow
Kaka *
Kakapo *
Kakariki
Kea *
Kereru
Kingfisher *
Kiwi *
Little (blue) penguin
Morepork *
New Zealand dotterel *
New Zealand falcon *
New Zealand pigeon *
North Island robin
Paradise shelduck *
Pied cormorant / shag
Pied stilt *
Pipit *
Pukeko *
Red-billed gull *
Red-crowned parakeet *
Rifleman *
Rock wren *
Royal albatross *
Ruru
Saddleback
Scaup *
Shining cuckoo *
Silver-eye
Sooty shearwater *
South Island pied oystercatcher *
South Island robin *
South Island tomtit *
Sparrow
Spotted shag *
Spur-winged plover *
Starling
Stitchbird *
Swamp harrier
Takahe *
Tui *
Variable oystercatcher
Wax-eye *
Weka *
Welcome swallow
White-faced heron
White-fronted tern
White heron *
Whitehead *
Yellow-eyed penguin *
Yellowhead *

AFRICAN BIRDS:
Fork-tailed drongo
Golden weaver
Southern yellow-billed hornbill

ANTARCTIC BIRDS:
Adelie penguin
Emperor penguin
Skua

AUSTRALIAN BIRDS:
Bare-eyed cockatoo
Black currawong
Black kite
Black swan
Black-shouldered kite
Brown goshawk
Brush turkey
Cape Barren goose
Chestnut teal
Common myna
Cormorant
Crested pigeon
Crimson rosella
Darter
Dusky moorhen
Eastern rosella
Emu
Galah
Gang-gang cockatoo
Grey-crowned babbler
Indian mynah
Kingfisher
Kookaburra
Little corella
Magpie
Magpie-lark
Noisy miner
Orange-footed scrubfowl
Pelican
Pied currawong
Rainbow lorikeet
Raven
Red-rumped parrot
Red wattlebird
Ring-neck parrot
Shag
Silver gull
Spur-winged plover
Straw-necked ibis
Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Swamp hen
Tawny frogmouth
Varied honeyeater
Wedge-tail eagle
Welcome swallow
White heron
White ibis
White-plumed honey-eater
Willie wagtail
Yellow-throated miner
Zebra finch

EUROPEAN BIRDS
Black-headed gull
Blue tit
Buzzard
Canada goose
Chaffinch
Chough
Common pheasant
Common ringed plover
Coot
Crow
Dove
Egret
Eurasian collared dove
Eurasian magpie
European robin
Flamingo
Great crested grebe
Herring gull
House sparrow
Jackdaw
Magpie
Mallard
Mute swan
Oriental turtle dove
Pigeon
Raven
Red kite
Robin
Swallow
Swan
White wagtail

USA BIRDS
American coot
American robin
Bald eagle
Barn swallow
Bicknell's thrush
Blue heron
Blue jay
Boat-tailed grackle
Canada goose
Canada jay
Cattle egret
Chickadee
Common mynah
Crow
Goldfinch
Gray-crowned rosy-breasted finch
Gray jay
Green heron
Horned owl
Hummingbird
Java sparrow
Kalij pheasant
Laysan finch
Loon
Mockingbird
Mourning dove
Northern cardinal
Pelican
Red-crested cardinal
Red-headed woodpecker
Red-winged blackbird
Saffron finch
Sandhill crane
Spotted dove
Steller's jay
Tern
Turkey
Turkey buzzard
Western scrub jay
White-breasted nuthatch
Yellow-billed cardinal
Zebra dove

 

Humankind has been intrigued and fascinated by birds since the start of recorded history. For example, birds are an integral part of the creation myths of many tribes: crows, eagles, humming birds, owls, and parrots are just some of the species featured in stories describing or explaining the origins of ancestors.

One reason why we are captivated by birds is their beauty. Birds are among the most colourful of all the creatures on earth. When I was a child growing up in Africa, I was thrilled by and used to marvel at the bright iridescent colours of lilac-breasted rollers (even the species’ name is attractive, while its alternative nameMzilikazi's roller – is downright exotic). One website has not inappropriately described lilac-breasted rollers as “one of the most beautiful birds in the world”. Even though many of the birds in New Zealand aren’t especially beautiful (many New Zealand species are practical shades of brown or grey), the shimmering blue feathers of a tui, the contrasting red-and-green plumage of a kakariki (also known as a red-crowned parakeet), and the lightning-like flashes of vivid red beneath the wings of a kea are head-turning and hauntingly beautiful.

Another reason why humans are fascinated by birds is, frankly, envy. More than ninety-nine per cent of the 9,700 species of birds in the world can fly – and that is, of course, something we cannot do. Icarus’ unsuccessful attempt to fly, a story told in Greek mythology, is still relevant today as a warning about the dangers of impractical or over-arching ambition. It is not surprising, then, that birds have been a feature in art for many thousands of years. Examples include Costa Rican bird pendant sculptures and Roman mosaics – and I’ve chosen a photograph I took in southern France of one of the latter to be my masthead picture at the top of this page.

My parents were very fond of birds. We always had bird books around the house, and 65 years after I first picked it up and leafed through it, I can still recall the name of one of the most prominent of them, Austin Roberts’ The Birds of South Africa. In the early 1960s, after living in Africa for 13 years, my parents migrated to Australia. In his unpublished memoirs, my father described something that happened a few years later:

“I attended a course of Bird Recognition offered by the Adult Education Department and learnt a lot from Len Wall. One weekend while I was taking the course, we were down at our cottage at Tinderbox. I was walking with a pair of binoculars up the hill behind our house, Mount Louis, and saw an echidna. I stood quite still and kept very quiet and was fascinated to see how efficiently it dug away the soil from under itself and gradually become completely buried.

“As I watched, a little bird came and sat on a projecting stump of a branch of an old tree and then it went into a hole in the tree just above its perch. I kept still and silent and then it reappeared and flew off and a few seconds later another little bird came and did the same thing. I realised that they were a pair of forty-spotted pardalotes. They were so near and stayed stationary for a few seconds each time they returned, perched on the stump before entering the hole, that I was able to identify them quite definitely. After five or ten minutes of observation, I went over to the tree and looked in the hole but could see nothing, but I could hear cheeping, so I realised that the birds had young in a nest and were busy feeding them.

“When I went to the next Adult Education lecture, I told Len Wall what I had seen and I could see from his expression that he thought, ‘Oh here we are again, a complete novice comes along and claims to have discovered the nest of a fairly rare bird.’ However, I told him that if he would come down to Tinderbox the next weekend I would be able to show him the pair and the nest site. He took me up on that and sure enough he had to admit that I was right. I think that until then the occurrence of forty-spotted pardalotes was unknown on the Tasmanian mainland.

“Len Wall has never forgotten that I 'discovered' the existence of the colony there, and Michael Sharland in his 1981 Guide to the Birds of Tasmania says: ‘There is also a small colony at Tinderbox, south of Kingston, where visiting ornithologists are regularly taken to see them.’”

Bird photos pardalote 01A photograph of an extract from the Reader's Digest, Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Australia, showing the distribution of forty-spotted pardalotes in Australia. The only blue dot on the mainland of Tasmania represents the forty-spotted pardalote colony at Tinderbox that was 'discovered' in the mid-1960s by my father, Bobby Roberts.

Bird photos pardalote 02
A small painting of a forty-spotted pardalote by my mother, Lilian Roberts.

In the mid-1970s, my parents returned to Africa. They lived first in what was Rhodesia, and then in South Africa. During their six years back in Africa, they became deeply involved in raptor trapping: catching birds of prey, weighing them, measuring them (particularly their wing-spans), banding them, and then releasing them. They used to send the data they collected to ornithologists at the University of Cape Town.

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My parents, Bobby and Lilian Roberts, raptor-trapping in southern Africa in the mid-1970s.

After returning to Australia in the late-1970s, my parents continued raptor trapping in conjunction with other Tasmanian bird-watchers, and I was once lucky enough to be able to accompany them on a half-day expedition.

My own interest in bird watching evolved initially from early attempts to photograph birds. I still have a couple of colour photographs that I took of birds when I was a teenager living in Africa. They were very poor pictures:

Bird photos Africa 01
This is one of my earliest bird photographs. I think the yellow bird on the left may be a golden weaver, while the bird on the right is a fork-tailed drongo. Kruger National Park; June 1962.

Bird photos Africa 02
This is another of my earliest bird photographs: it's a southern yellow-billed hornbill. Kruger National Park; June 1962.

Six years later, while living in Britain in the late-1960s, I took a photograph of a chaffinch perched on the external mirror of Heather’s and my car, and I entered the picture – under the title Wing Mirror – in a photographic competition. My photograph (not surprisingly) didn’t win any prizes ...

Bird photos Wing mirror
Wing Mirror didn't win any prizes, but it's nonetheless a picture I still like. Britain; April 1968.

... but it did lead to a determined effort on my part to improve my bird photography – something that I’ve now been working on for 45 years. I have been inspired by Warwick Tarboton’s bird photography. Warwick was a year ahead of me at high school, and he went on to become one of the world’s great bird photographers. (If you’ve not seen his website – the URL is www.warwick.tarboton.co.za – then you are in for a real treat when you do look at it.) My photographs are not nearly as good as Warwick Tarboton’s, but my aim has long been to take at least a few pictures that could, with luck, possibly stand alongside his.

The idea for adding a page devoted to bird photography to my website came after I read a small book by Gordon Williams (a former head of research for the New Zealand Wildlife Service). Entitled Birds of New Zealand (and first published in 1963 by A.H. & A.W. Reed), the book contains brief essays and photographs of just 50 New Zealand birds. The essays are interesting and the photographs are good. I enjoyed reading the book, and – while doing so – it dawned on me that I’d photographed about half the species featured in it. I decided there and then (i.e., in Dunedin in January 2012) that I would like to construct a webpage devoted to bird photography, and also that I would like to try to photograph all fifty birds in the book.

Bird photos Birds of New Zealand book cover
The inspiration for this page on my website.

Well, the fact that you are reading this shows that I’ve now achieved the first of those two goals. I have decided I’ll post no more than three of my photographs of any bird species (and will generally post only one) on this webpage. When I take a better picture of a bird that’s already included on this page, I’ll replace at least one of the photos of it with a newer, higher quality photograph. The birds are in alphabetic order by country (such as New Zealand) or geographic entity (for example, Antarctica). Where a bird has two names – for example, morepork and ruru – then both names appear in the index in the left-hand side-bar on this page, and clicking on either ‘morepork’ or ‘ruru’ will take you to the same set of photographs.

In the index, birds with an asterisk alongside their names are the fifty species featured in Gordon Williams’ book, Birds of New Zealand. I have asterisked only the names Gordon Williams used, thus – continuing with the example used above – only the name ‘morepork’ has an asterisk alongside it, because Williams didn’t use the name ‘ruru’ in his book. If birds listed in the index in the left-hand side-bar on this page are in brown type, it’s because they were included in Gordon Williams’ book but I’ve not yet taken a picture of them. I hope I’ll be able to do so in due course, but that’s clearly going to be a long-term challenge. (By counting the number of birds in brown type with an asterisk beside their names, you’ll be able to see how many I still have to photograph in order to achieve my goal of taking photos of all fifty.)

I do hope you enjoy my bird photographs. I have spent many hours patiently taking them. Every minute has been both challenging and worthwhile.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS

AUSTRALASIAN HARRIER / SWAMP HARRIER


Bird photos Australasian harrier
Karekare, Auckland; April 2010.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: BELLBIRD

Bird photos bellbird 01
Queenstown botanic gardens; September 2014.

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-bellbird-03Zealandia, Wellington; May 2015.

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-bellbird-02Zealandia, Wellington; May 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: BLACK-BACKED GULL

Bird photos black backed gull 01
Moeraki, Otago; January 2012.

Bird photos black backed gull 02Tokerau beach, Northland; March 2013.

Bird photos NZ black-backed gull 03Somes Island / Matiu, Wellington; December 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: BLACKBIRD / EURASIAN BLACKBIRD

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Male blackbird: Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

Bird photos NZ blackbird 02
Female blackbird: Wilton, Wellington; December 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: BLACK SWAN

Bird photos black swan
Lake Kohangapiripiri, near Pencarrow Head, Wellington; August 2014.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: BULLER'S MOLLYMAWK

Bird photos Bullers mollymawks
Stewart Island; January 1974.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: CALIFORNIA QUAIL

Bird photos quail 01
Zealandia, Wellington; November 2012. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: CANADA GOOSE

Bird photos NZ canada goose
Kaiwharawhara stream, Wellington; December 2013. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: CHAFFINCH / COMMON CHAFFINCH

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Zealandia, Wellington; May 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-common-chaffinch-02Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: EASTERN ROSELLA

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Otari, Wellington; June 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-eastern-rosella-02Otari, Wellington; June 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: FAIRY PENGUIN / LITTLE PENGUIN / LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN

Bird photos fairy penguin 01
Oriental Bay, Wellington; January 2013.

Bird photos fairy penguin 02
Wellington; August 2014.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: FANTAIL

Bird photos fantail
Otari, Wellington; January 2013.

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-fantail-02Otari, Wellington; May 2015.

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-fantail-03Zealandia, Wellington; May 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: FLUTTERING SHEARWATER

Bird photos NZ fluttering shearwater 01
Evans Bay, Wellington; January 2016.

Bird photos NZ fluttering shearwater 02
Evans Bay, Wellington; January 2013.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: GANNET

Bird photos gannet 01
Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay; January 1982.

Bird photos gannet 02
Muriwai Beach, Auckland; April 2010.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: HOIHO / YELLOW-EYED PENGUIN

Bird photos yellow eyed penguin 01
Curio Bay, Southland; January 2012.

Bird photos yellow eyed penguin 02
Curio Bay, Southland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: HOUSE SPARROW / SPARROW

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Otari, Wellington; May 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

Bird photos NZ sparrow 02
Otari, Wellington; January 2016. (This is an introduced species.)

Bird photos NZ sparrow 03
Otari, Wellington; December 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KAKA


Bird-photos-NZ-2015-kaka-03Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015.

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Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015.


Bird photos kaka 02
Zealandia, Wellington; November 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KAKAPO

Bird photos kakapo
Zealandia, Wellington; July 2013.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KAKARIKI / RED-CROWNED PARAKEET

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Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015.

Bird photos NZ kakariki 02
Zealandia, Wellington; January 2016.


Bird photos NZ kakariki 03
Zealandia, Wellington; January 2016.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KEA

Bird photos kea 01
Mackinnon Pass, Fiordland; April 1996.

Bird photos kea 02
Milford Track, Fiordland; April 1996.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KERERU / NEW ZEALAND PIGEON

Bird photos kereru 01
Diamond Harbour, Christchurch; February 2011.

Bird photos kereru 03
Croftons Downs, Wellington; October 2011.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: KINGFISHER

Bird photos kingfishe 01
Otari, Wellington; February 2011.

Bird photos kingfisher 02
Wilton, Wellington; October 2013.

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Wilton, Wellington; July 2015.


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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: MOREPORK / RURU

Bird photos morepork 01
Waitakere Ranges, Auckland; April 2010.

Bird photos morepork 02
Wilton, Wellington; October 2014.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: NORTH ISLAND ROBIN

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Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015.

Bird-photos-NZ-2015-NI-robin-02Zealandia, Wellington; June 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: PARADISE SHELDUCK

Bird photos paradise duck 02
Female paradise duck: Christchurch; November 2008.

Bird photos paradise duck 03
Male paradise duck: Christchurch; November 2008.

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Male paradise duck: Zealandia, Wellington; July 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: PIED CORMORANT / PIED SHAG

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Pencarrow lakes; June 2015.

Bird photos pied shag
Plimmerton, Wellington; February 2010.

Bird photos NZ pied cormorant 03
Zealandia, Wellington; December 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: PIPIT

Bird photos pipit
Pencarrow Head, Wellington; February 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: PUKEKO

Bird photos pukeko
Virginia Lake, Whanganui; August 2009.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: RED-BILLED GULL

Bird photos red billed gull 02
Picton, Marlborough Sounds; February 2006.

Bird photos red billed gull
Tokerau beach, Northland; March 2013.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: ROYAL ALBATROSS

Bird photo royal albatross 01
Otago Peninsula; January 2012.

Bird photo royal albatross 02
Otago Peninsula; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SADDLEBACK

Bird photos NZ saddleback 01
Zealandia, Wellington; January 2016.

Bird photos NZ saddleback 02
Zealandia, Wellington; January 2016.


Bird photos SI saddleback
Ulva Island, near Stewart Island; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SCAUP

Bird photos scaup
Kepler Track, Fiordland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SILVER-EYE / WAX-EYE

Bird photos wax eye
Karekare, Auckland; April 2010.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SOOTY SHEERWATER

Bird photos sootyshearwater
Foveaux Strait, Southland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SOUTH ISLAND PIED OYSTERCATCHER

Bird photos SI pied oystercatcher
Riverton, Southland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SOUTH ISLAND ROBIN

Bird photos SI robin
Kepler Track, Fiordland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SOUTH ISLAND TOMTIT

Bird photos SI tomtit 02
Four Peaks Station, near Fairlie, South Canterbury; April 2013.

Bird photos SI tomtit 03
Four Peaks Station, near Fairlie, South Canterbury; April 2013.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: SPUR-WINGED PLOVER

Bird photos NZ spur-winged plover 03
Northland, Wellington; January 2016.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: STARLING

Bird photos NZ tarling 01
Otari, Wellington; January 2016.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: STITCHBIRD

Bird photos stitchbird 01
Zealandia, Wellington; November 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: TAKAHE

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Zealandia, Wellington; May 2011.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: TUI

Bird photos tui 01
Wilton, Wellington; December 2011.

Bird photos tui 02
Ohakune; October 2014.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: VARIABLE OYSTERCATCHER

Bird photos variable oystercatcher
Stewart Island; January 2012.

Bird photos NZ variable oystercatcher 02
Somes Island / Matiu, Wellington; December 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: WEKA

Bird photos weka
Heaphy Track; October 2009.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: WELCOME SWALLOW

Bird photos welcome swallow
Otago Peninsula; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: WHITE-FACED HERON

Bird photos white faced heron
Riverton, Southland; January 2012.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: WHITE-FRONTED TERN

Bird photos NZ white-fronted tern 01
Evans Bay, Wellington; January 2016.

Bird photos white fronted tern
Otago Peninsula; January 2012..

Bird photos NZ white-fronted tern 03
A juvenile white-fronted tern with "scalloped back and incomplete sooty crown":
Wellington harbour; December 2015.

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NEW ZEALAND BIRDS: WHITEHEAD

Bird photos NZ whitehead 02
Zealandia, Wellington; December 2015.

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ANTARCTIC BIRDS

ADELIE PENGUIN


Bird photos antarctica adelie 01
Cape Bird, Ross Island; January 1980.

Bird photos antarctica adelie 02
Cape Bird, Ross Island; January 1980.

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ANTARCTIC BIRDS: EMPEROR PENGUIN

Bird photos antarctica emperor 01
Ross Sea; December 1979.

Bird photos antarctica emperor 03
Ross Sea; December 1979.

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ANTARCTIC BIRDS: SKUA

Bird photos antarctica skua 01
Ross Island; c November 1979.


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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

BARE-EYED COCKATOO / LITTLE CORELLA


Bird photos Australia bare-eyed cockatoo
Mt Beauty, Victoria; January 2010.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BLACK CURRAWONG

Bird photos Australia black currawong
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania; December 2009.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BLACK KITE

Bird photos Australia black kite 01
Darwin, Northern Territory; May 2013.

Bird photos Australia black kite 02
Darwin, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BLACK SWAN

Bird photos Australia black swan
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra; November 2007.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE

Bird photos Australia black-shouldered kite
Uluru, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BROWN GOSHAWK

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-brown-goshawk-01
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: BRUSH TURKEY

Bird photos Australia brush turkey
Near Mirriwinni, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: CAPE BARREN GOOSE

Bird photos Australia cape barren goose
Kangaroo Island, South Australia; October 2008.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: CHESTNUT TEAL

Australian birds chestnut teal
Sydney, New South Wales; September 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: COMMON MYNA / INDIAN MYNAH

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-common-myna-01
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015. (This is an introduced species.)

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: CORMORANT / SHAG

Bird photos Australia cormorant 01
Kangaroo Island, South Australia; October 2008.

Bird photos Australia cormorant 02
Daintree river, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: CRESTED PIGEON

Bird photos Australia crested pigeon
Alice Springs, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: CRIMSON ROSELLA

Bird photos Australia crimson rosella 01
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; September 2011.

Bird photos Australia crimson rosella 02
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; September 2011.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: EASTERN ROSELLA

Australian birds eastern rosella
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; September 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: DARTER

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: DUSKY MOORHEN

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-dusky-moorhen-01
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: EMU

Australian birds emu
Maria Island, Tasmania; January 1984.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: GALAH

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

Australian birds galah
Alice Springs, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: GANG-GANG COCKATOO

Australian birds gang gang
Near Thredbo, New South Wales; January 2010.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: GREY-CROWNED BABBLER

Australian birds grey crowned babbler
Alice Springs, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: KINGFISHER

Australian birds kingfisher
Daintree river, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: KOOKABURRA

Australian birds kookaburra
Vincentia, New South Wales; September 2000.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: MAGPIE

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Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: MAGPIE-LARK

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: NOISY MINER

Australian birds mynah
Sydney, New South Wales; September 2013.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-noisy-miner-01
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: ORANGE-FOOTED SCRUBFOWL

Australian birds orange footed scrubfowl
Darwin, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: PELICAN

Australian birds pelican 01
Near Noosa, Queensland; November 2005.


Australian birds pelican 02
Kangaroo Island, South Australia; October 2008.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: PIED CURRAWONG

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-pied-currawong-01
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-pied-currawong-02
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: RAINBOW LORIKEET

Australian birds rainbow lorikeet
Sydney, New South Wales; October 2004.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-rainbow-lorikeet-02
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: RAVEN

Australian birds raven
Thredbo, New South Wales; January 2010.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: RED-RUMPED PARROT

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-red-rumped-parrot-01
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015. (Male on the left; female on the right.)

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-red-rumped-parrot-02
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: RED WATTLEBIRD

Australian birds red wattlebird
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2014.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-red-wattlebird-02
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.


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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: RING-NECK PARROT

Australian birds ring neck parrot
Alice Springs, Northern Territory; January 2010.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: SILVER GULL

Australian birds silver gull
Cornelian Bay,Tasmania; December 2009.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: SPUR-WINGED PLOVER

Australian birds spur winged plover
Sandy Bay,Tasmania; December 2009.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: STRAW-NECKED IBIS

Australian birds ibis
Near Mirriwinni, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-sulphur-crested-cockatoo-01
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-sulphur-crested-cockatoo-02
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: SWAMP HEN

Australian birds swamp hen
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; September 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: TAWNY FROGMOUTH

Australian birds tawny frogmouth
Daintree river, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: VARIED HONEYEATER

Australian birds honey eater
Low Isles, near Port Douglas, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WEDGE-TAIL EAGLE

Australian birds wedge tail eagle
Near Mt Zeil, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WELCOME SWALLOW

Australian birds welcome swallow
Lake St Clair, Tasmania; January 2010.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WHITE HERON

Australian birds white heron
Daintree river, Queensland; August 2011.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WHITE IBIS

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-white-ibis-01
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-white-ibis-02
Sydney, New South Wales; April 2015

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WHITE-PLUMED HONEYEATER

Australian birds white plumed honey eater
Uluru, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: WILLIE WAGTAIL

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

Bird-photos-Australia-2015-willie-wagtail-01
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; April 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: YELLOW-THROATED MINER

Australian birds yellow throated miner
Near Uluru, Northern Territory; May 2013.

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AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: ZEBRA FINCH

Australian birds zebra finch
Kata Tjuta / The Olgas, Northern Territory; May 2013.


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EUROPEAN BIRDS

BLACK-HEADED GULL


uropean birds-black headed gull 01
Aberystwyth, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: BLUE-TIT

European birds blue tit 01
Holyhead, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: BUZZARD

European birds buzzard 01
Pembrokeshire, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: CANADA GOOSE

European birds canada goose 01
Criccieth, Wales; September 2017.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: CHAFFINCH


Northern England; April 1968.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: CHOUGH

European birds chough 01
Pembrokeshire, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: COMMON PHEASANT

European birds common pheasant 01
Male (left) and female (right) common pheasants: England/Wales border; September 2015.

European birds common pheasant 02
Male common pheasant: England/Wales border; September 2015.

European birds common pheasant 03
Female common pheasant: England/Wales border; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: COMMON RINGED PLOVER

European birds common ringed plover 01
Aberystwyth, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: COOT

European birds coot
Norfolk Broads, England; August 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: CROW

European birds crow 01
England/Wales border; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: DOVE / EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE

European birds dove
Mont St Michel, Normandy, France; September 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: EGRET

European birds egret 01
Parc Ornithologique, Camargue, France; September 2012.

European birds egret 02
Parc Ornithologique, Camargue, France; September 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: EURASIAN MAGPIE / MAGPIE

European birds magpie
Highgate cemetery, London; August 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: EUROPEAN ROBIN / ROBIN

European birds robin
Highgate cemetery, London; August 2012.

European birds robin redbreast 02
Longtown, Herefordshire; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: FLAMINGO

European birds flamingo 01
Parc Ornithologique, Camargue, France; September 2012.

European birds flamingo 02
Parc Ornithologique, Camargue, France; September 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: GREAT CRESTED GREBE

European birds great crested grebe
Hyde Park, London; August 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: HERRING GULL

European birds herring gull 01
Aberystwyth, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: HOUSE SPARROW

European birds house sparrow 01
Holyhead, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: JACKDAW

European birds jackdaw 01
Pembrokeshire, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: MALLARD

European birds mallard
Llanmynech, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: MUTE SWAN / SWAN

European birds mute swan 01
Als, Denmark; October 2012.

European birds mute swan 02
Tuscany, Italy; April 2006.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE

European-birds oriental turtle dove 01
Monmouthshire, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: PIGEON

European birds pigeon
Arles, France; September 2012.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: RAVEN

European birds raven 01
Aberystwyth, Wales; September 2015.

European birds raven 02
Aberystwyth, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: RED KITE

European birds red kite 01
England/Wales border; September 2015.

European birdsredkite02
England/Wales border; September 2015.


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EUROPEAN BIRDS: SWALLOW

European birds swallow 01
Holyhead, Wales; September 2015.

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EUROPEAN BIRDS: WHITE WAGTAIL

European birds white wagtail 02
England/Wales border; September 2015.

European birds white wagtail 01
England/Wales border; September 2015.


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USA BIRDS

AMERICAN COOT


US birds american coot 02
Near Frazier Park, California; September 2013.

US birds American coot
Near Albuquerque, New Mexico; January 2011.

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USA BIRDS: AMERICAN ROBIN

American birds american robin 01
Prospect Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota; December 2010.

US birds American robin 02 Prospect Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota; December 2010.

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USA BIRDS: BALD EAGLE

US birds bald eagle
Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota; November 2012.

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USA BIRDS: BARN SWALLOW

US birds barnswallow
Jensen Lake, Eagan, Minnesota; June 2014.

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USA BIRDS: BICKNELL'S THRUSH

US birds bicknells thrush
Mt Mansfield, Vermont; August 2013.

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USA BIRDS: BLUE HERON

US birds blue heron
Providence, Rhode Island; August 2013.

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USA BIRDS: BLUE JAY

US birds blue jay 02
Austin, Texas; April 2014.

US birds blue jay
Austin, Texas; April 2014.

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USA BIRDS: BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE

US birds boat tailed grackle
Austin, Texas; April 2014.

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USA BIRDS: CANADA GOOSE

US birds canada goose
Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota; November 2012.

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USA BIRDS: CANADA JAY / GRAY JAY

US birds canada jay
Mt Elbert, Colorado; June 2009.

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USA BIRDS: CATTLE EGRET

US birds cattle egret
Honolulu, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: CHICKADEE

US birds chickadee
Damariscotta, Maine; September 2013.

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USA BIRDS: COMMON MYNAH

US birds commonmynah
Near the Puíuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: CROW

US birds crow
Minneapolis, Minnesota; August 2015.

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USA BIRDS: GOLDFINCH

US birds goldfinch
Damariscotta, Maine; September 2013.

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USA BIRDS: GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-BREASTED FINCH

US birds gray crowned rosy breasted finch
Mt Rainier, Washington; July 2007.

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USA BIRDS: GREEN HERON

US birds green heron
Cedar Lake, Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 2012.

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USA BIRDS: HORNED OWL

US birds horned owl
St Paul, Minnesota; August 2012.

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USA BIRDS: HUMMINGBIRD

US birds humming bird 01
Chamberlain, Maine; May 2014.

US birds humming bird 02Chamberlain, Maine; May 2014.

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USA BIRDS: JAVA SPARROW

US birds java sparrow
Honolulu, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: KALIJ PHEASANT

US birds kalij pheasant
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii; January 2011.

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USA BIRDS: LAYSAN FINCH

US birds laysan finch
Puíuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: LOON

US birds loon
Church Pine Lake, Wisconsin; June 2014.

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USA BIRDS: MOCKING BIRD

US birds mockingbird
Natchez, Mississippi; May 2014.

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USA BIRDS: MOURNING DOVE

US birds mourning dove
Wexford, Pennsylvania; August 2013.

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USA BIRDS: NORTHERN CARDINAL

US birds northern cardinal 01
Wexford, Pennsylvania; August 2013.

US birds northern cardinal 02Near the Puíuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: PELICAN

US birds brown pelican 01
Shell Beach, California; August 2015.

US birds brown pelican 02
Shell Beach, California; August 2015.

US birds pelican
Santa Monica, California; September 2013.

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USA BIRDS: RED-CRESTED CARDINAL

US birds red crested cardinal 01
Honolulu, Hawaii; January 2011.

US birds red crested cardinal 02Honolulu, Hawaii; January 2011.

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USA BIRDS: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

US birds red headed woodpecker
Near Frazier Park, California; July 2012.

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USA BIRDS: RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

US birds red winged blackbird
Minneapolis, Minnesota; June 2014.

US birds red winged blackbird 02
Minneapolis, Minnesota; June 2014.

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USA BIRDS: SAFFRON FINCH

US birds saffron finch
Near the Puíuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: SANDHILL CRANE

US birds sandhill crane 01
Albuquerque, New Mexico; January 2011.

US birds sandhill crane 02Albuquerque, New Mexico; January 2011.

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USA BIRDS: SPOTTED DOVE

US birds spotted dove
Honolulu, Hawaii; January 2011.

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USA BIRDS: STELLER'S JAY

USbirdsstellersjay
Near Frazier Park, California; August 2015.

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USA BIRDS: TERN

US birds tern 01
Shell Beach, California; August 2015.

US birds tern 02
Shell Beach, California; August 2015.

US birds tern 03
Shell Beach, California; August 2015.

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USA BIRDS: TURKEY

US birds turkey
Minneapolis, Minnesota; August 2013.

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USA BIRDS: TURKEY BUZZARD

US birds turkey buzzard
North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, California; April 2014.

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USA BIRDS: WESTERN SCRUB JAY

US birds western scrub jay
Thousand Oaks, California; September 2013.

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USA BIRDS: WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH

US birds white breasted nuthatch
Prospect Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota; September 2012.

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USA BIRDS: YELLOW-BILLED CARDINAL

US birds yellow billed cardinal
Near the Puíuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii; February 2014.

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USA BIRDS: ZEBRA DOVE

US birds zebra dove
Honolulu, Hawaii; January 2011.


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This page was last revised on 11 January 2016.