seabirds

Common eider pair

Bird of the Month August 2023: Common Eider

The common eider, or dunter in Shetland dialect, is one of our most recognisable duck species. Between the distinctive black and white plumage of the males and the unique wedge-shaped beak, they really don’t look like any other species. However, at this time of year, moulting males take on an altogether different appearance that can […]

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In praise of gulls common gull

In Praise of Gulls: Meet the UK’s Gull Species

This content contains affiliate links to Bookshop.org. When you buy through these links, I may earn an affiliate commission. Every summer, UK tabloids set out to demonise the UK’s ‘seagulls’. To these papers, our gulls are aggressive vermin, out to steal our chips and ice creams. For many birdwatchers, though, they are admirable and beautiful

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