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Birds

Steve Stamford | Swan and mist

Swan and mist

An early morning cruise along the canal and this mute swan serenely swam ahead of the boat.
Steve Stamford | Proud cockerel

Proud cockerel

A rather splendid cockerel keen to show off both his fancy plumage and ear shattering call to anyone and anything who got near.
Steve Stamford | Sulfur crested cockatoo

Sulfur crested cockatoo

The Sulfur Crested Cockatoo is a large member of the parrot family - Cacatua galerita and are popular, if not demanding pets with a captive life expectancy of 70 years or more - often outliving their owners.
Steve Stamford | Blue and gold macaw

Blue and gold macaw

The blue and gold macaw - Ara ararauna is a very popular pet as they easily form bonds with humans and are widely available. Originally from South America their adoption as pets has seen them spread to many parts of the world
Steve Stamford | Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao is one of many Macaws and like all parrots is immensely intelligent and strikingly colourful. Capable of breaking into the hard shells of walnuts with ease it is also capable of the most delicate control to extract the nut from the shell. Seen here at Tropical Birdland, Leicester.
Steve Stamford | Blue Throated Macaw

Blue Throated Macaw

The blue-throated macaw - Ara glaucogularis ( previously Ara caninde) is also known as Caninde macaw or Wagler's macaw. With striking blue upper plumage and contrasting yellow / orange underneath. Around the eyes are lines of feathers that form several stripes. Critically endangered it is thought there are fewer than 500 in the wild.
Steve Stamford | Seagull patrol

Seagull patrol

A solitary gull effortlessly riding the thermals on the coast at Llandudno, Wales.
Steve Stamford | Swan and cygnets

Swan and cygnets

A proud father (cob) swan with seven cygnets. These are between one and two days old, having left the nest the morning of this image, but lost all but the barest trace of egg tooth.
Steve Stamford | Moorhen chick

Moorhen chick

Moorhens are normally regarded as being water or wading birds but the do spend a lot of time out of water as they are omnivores, eating pretty much everything from reeds and berries through to insects, snails and small fish.
Steve Stamford | Grey heron

Grey heron

The Grey Heron is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae and is native throughout temperate Europe. They feed mainly on fish but will also take small amphibians and baby birds if the opportunity arises.
Steve Stamford | Proud cockerel

Proud cockerel

I believe this to be a French Black Copper Marans cockerel. Very inquisitive and they will approach you quite closely if you drop anything nearby - even a blade of grass despite them being stood on grass - they will come to take a look. The eggs are a very distinct chocolate / copper colour.
Steve Stamford | Grey heron in the reeds

Grey heron in the reeds

The Grey Heron, is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae and is native throughout temperate Europe. They feed mainly on fish but will also take small amphibians if the opportunity arises.
Steve Stamford | Red-legged Seriema

Red-legged Seriema

This beautiful if somewhat crazy hairdo adorned bird hunts a variety of small prey including beetles, grubs and snakes - dealing with the latter by bashing them into submission on rocks / hard ground. Although it can fly it prefers to run when chasing prey or threatened. This image was taken at Twycross zoo who have given permission for it to be sold.
Steve Stamford | Heron and pike

Heron and pike

Nature in the raw. This heron (Ardea cinerea) was rewarded for its patience with this rather unfortunate pike (Esox lucius). The heron's simple technique is wait, then stab its beak through its prey skewer style.
Steve Stamford | Heron and pike 2

Heron and pike 2

Nature in the raw. This heron (Ardea cinerea) was rewarded for its patience with this rather unfortunate pike (Esox lucius). The heron's simple technique is wait, then stab its beak through its prey skewer style.
Steve Stamford | Heron

Heron

This heron (Ardea cinerea) was later rewarded for its patience with a rather unfortunate pike (Esox lucius). The heron's simple technique is wait, then stab its beak through its prey skewer style.
Steve Stamford | Heron 2

Heron 2

This heron (Ardea cinerea) was later rewarded for its patience with a rather unfortunate pike (Esox lucius). The heron's simple technique is wait, then stab its beak through its prey skewer style.
Steve Stamford | Heron 3

Heron 3

This heron (Ardea cinerea) was later rewarded for its patience with a rather unfortunate pike (Esox lucius). The heron's simple technique is wait, then stab its beak through its prey skewer style.
Steve Stamford | Wren 3

Wren 3

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This one has chosen to build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
Steve Stamford | Suspicious heron

Suspicious heron

I went looking for a heron and having walked along countless jetties I'm not sure who was more surprised - me or the heron.
Steve Stamford | Patient heron

Patient heron

I went looking for a heron and having walked along countless jetties found one. In the typical one legged hunched over pose this one looks like it has already been in the water.
Steve Stamford | Female swan

Female swan

This swan is known to me as Mrs Sid. She built her nest just a few feet away from the back of my boat and after sitting on eggs hatched 4. This is only her second day off the nest and she very much appreciates the food we provide for her.
Steve Stamford | Moorhen chick

Moorhen chick

Just a couple of days old and with the remnants of its egg tooth this moorhen chick surely embodies A face only a mother could love. This image can be ordered on all of our products and for the purposes of coasters or clocks will be cropped.
Steve Stamford | Cormorant 1

Cormorant 1

This cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a regular visitor to where I live and uses this white post as a perch and drying out spot. Its heavier build and stunning green eye with no feathers surrounding it differentiates it from the similar looking shag.
Steve Stamford | Cormorant 2

Cormorant 2

This cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a regular visitor to where I live and uses this white post as a perch and drying out spot. Its heavier build and stunning green eye with no feathers surrounding it differentiates it from the similar looking shag.
Steve Stamford | British garden birds

British garden birds

A small selection of British garden birds. Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch.
Steve Stamford | Cormorant spread 2

Cormorant spread 2

I have waited for over a month for this moment. This cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a regular visitor to where I live and has chosen the marina fuelling jetty as a resting place. Its heavier build and stunning green eye with no feathers surrounding it differentiates it from the similar looking shag.
Steve Stamford | Cormorant spread 3

Cormorant spread 3

I have waited for over a month for this moment. This cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a regular visitor to where I live and has chosen the marina fuelling jetty as a resting place. Its heavier build and stunning green eye with no feathers surrounding it differentiates it from the similar looking shag.
Steve Stamford | Cormorant spread 1

Cormorant spread 1

I have waited for over a month for this moment. This cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a regular visitor to where I live and has chosen the marina fuelling jetty as a resting place. Its heavier build and stunning green eye with no feathers surrounding it differentiates it from the similar looking shag.
Steve Stamford | Juvenile Cormorant 1

Juvenile Cormorant 1

Young cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are normally fed twice a day by the parents and spend the rest of the time pretty much just sitting around waiting for the next meal time interspersed with the odd swim around to relieve the boredom. The young cormorant does not develop the distinguishing emerald green eye until it approaches maturity.
Steve Stamford | Juvenile Cormorant 2

Juvenile Cormorant 2

Young cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are normally fed twice a day by the parents and spend the rest of the time pretty much just sitting around waiting for the next meal time interspersed with the odd swim around to relieve the boredom. The young cormorant does not develop the distinguishing emerald green eye until it approaches maturity.
Steve Stamford | Young Cormorant 1

Young Cormorant 1

Young cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are normally fed twice a day by the parents and spend the rest of the time pretty much just sitting around waiting for the next meal time interspersed with the odd swim around to relieve the boredom. The young cormorant does not develop the distinguishing emerald green eye until it approaches maturity.
Steve Stamford | Juvenile Cormorant 5

Juvenile Cormorant 5

Young cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are normally fed twice a day by the parents and spend the rest of the time pretty much just sitting around waiting for the next meal time interspersed with the odd swim around to relieve the boredom. The young cormorant does not develop the distinguishing emerald green eye until it approaches maturity.
Steve Stamford | Juvenile Cormorant 4

Juvenile Cormorant 4

Young cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) are normally fed twice a day by the parents and spend the rest of the time pretty much just sitting around waiting for the next meal time interspersed with the odd swim around to relieve the boredom. The young cormorant does not develop the distinguishing emerald green eye until it approaches maturity.
Steve Stamford | Moorhen pose

Moorhen pose

I am lucky enough to have a family of moorhens as neighbours and this one was rather hoping for a free lunch, which in fairness, it did get.
Steve Stamford | Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Despite making an amazingly loud noise it took a while to find this handsome female Green Woodpecker - Picus viridis. The Green Woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain and dine pretty much exclusively on ants.
Steve Stamford | Moorhen on nest

Moorhen on nest

This moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) has decided to go for the easy nest option by using this old tyre as a base. The tyre itself is a fender on the metal mooring post that you see on the right.
Steve Stamford | Moorhens nest building

Moorhens nest building

These moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) have decided to go for the easy nest option by using this old tyre as a base. The tyre itself is a fender on the metal mooring post that you see on the right.