Tag Archives : Birds


Moorhens fighting – all is not as it seems.

Moorhen fights These two moorhens Gallinula chloropus are fighting over a mate, but it is more likely to be two females fighting over a male than the other way round. The male is more likely to be seen passively sitting on the nest. This behaviour typically occurs around April at the start of the breeding […]

Moorhens fighting

Two guillemots standing out from the crowd

Killing two birds with one stone 1

…And other inappropriate metaphors. How about some modern alternatives? Killing two birds with one stone I often find myself using old-fashioned expressions without paying any thought to how inappropriate they might be. As a keen birder, conservationist and bird photographer “Killing two birds with one stone” is probably the most inappropriate aphorism of all. In particular […]


Little Egret visits my garden

Little Egret – an Unusual Visitor This photograph was taken from my kitchen window. It’s a little egret –  Egretta garzetta – which visited for the few days in January when there was snow on the ground. Curiously it only appeared when there was lying snow, and disappeared as soon as it had thawed. Hopefully it will […]

Little Egret outside my kitchen window