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Birds

Steve Stamford | Woodpecker on feeder

Woodpecker on feeder

The Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major is normally a shy bird being heard more than seen however it seems my suet log feeder proves to be irresistible to this male woodpecker and makes a change from the more normal grubs and larvae it hammers out of trees.
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 | Fluffy Goldfinch

Fluffy Goldfinch

On a chilly winter day this Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis sits on a bird feeder with feathers well and truly fluffed as a defence against the cold.
Steve Stamford | Turnstone

Turnstone

The Turnstone (arenaria interpres) is a small bird found around most of the UK coast and gets its name due to the way it feeds - turning over small stones in rock pools and shallow water to look for crustaceans, insects and molluscs.
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 | Ruffled Blue tit

Ruffled Blue tit

Blue tit perching on a branch and having a 'bad feather' day as the wind ruffles its feathers.
Steve Stamford | Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

The European Green Woodpecker (Picus Viridis) is often seen as here, amongst grass where it hunts one of its major prey - ants. Although it does create holes on trees it does so for nesting rather than feeding purposes.
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 | Wren nest building

Wren nest building

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This male has been building this nest for some weeks, however it will be one of several he builds in an attempt to woo a female. This one has chosen the build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
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 leaving the nest

Wren leaving the nest

The wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a very active small bird, weighing around 10g - about half an ounce. This male has been building this nest for some weeks, however it will be one of several he builds in an attempt to woo a female. This one has chosen the build under the front overhang of a boat roof.
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 | Wren 4

Wren 4

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 | Wren 5

Wren 5

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.