21 Jul 2011

European Turtle Dove

At the local patch European Turtle Dove are still in evidence in reasonable numbers. These birds are of the race arenicola and in the flight shot the central tail feathers can be seen to be brown rather than blackish brown as would be the case in nominate turtur. Barn Swallow numbers had increased to eight and waders were still present with one hundred and fourty two Black-winged Stilt, eighteen Little Ringed Plover and two Green Sandpiper.
 European Turtle Dove
   European Turtle Dove
 Barn Swallow

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