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  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: putting on a display

    I saw this image of a displaying male goldeneye , taken by Graham Eaton, and just had to share it! I feel that it really captures the energy the males put into attracting the ladies! This medium-sized diving duck can be found all over the UK at the moment, lakes and reservoirs are favourite...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...a change of scenery

    The journey home for Christmas. For some it might only be a tube ride or short commute from the office, but many will be migrating across the UK for the winter hols. When travelling it always strikes me how varied our habitats are, even between next-door counties, almost every one has some unique...
  • Blog Post: Do you have a Swede in your garden?

    It’s all too easy to take some birds for granted. It could be robins , starlings , chaffinches , blue tits , dunnocks - whatever it is that you see all the time. Then, something happens that makes you think ‘oh! Perhaps I should look a bit more carefully next time I see one’. Recently...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... shop sustainably

    With the weather set to be pretty grim, I thought suggestions for outdoor activities this weekend might lack appeal. But, if like myself you still have Christmas shopping to do, why not do it sustainably? What we buy has the power to change habitats around the world for the better or worse. It's...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: go bonkers for conkers

    Looking more like an undulating landscape ready to be conquered by some adventurous explorer, I love this different take on conkers by Sue Kennedy . There are plenty of other seeds and berries for you to see in a new light on RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 20

    Spent the weekend Christmas shopping but still have no idea what to buy your family? Solve all your gift problems with the ultimate gift – a warm and fuzzy feeling! Bearded tit nest box A gift of £10 could buy a safe, cosy nesting space and year-round home for these beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Monday magic moment: frost in close-up

    Some of you further north may have already had a touch of frost this year, but as I went to my car yesterday evening and was forced to get the rough side of my squeegee out to remove the ice, it definitely felt like winter for the first time. This macro image of frost shows us the crystallisation...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: my mum always used to say...

    'Don't talk with your mouth full.' And it's a lesson this fieldfare might want to take note of if he doesn't want to lose his rather juicy-looking berry! Fieldfares are winter visitors to the UK and a very common sight in gardens at the moment - whether you're digging yourself...
  • Blog Post: The nature facts Christmas quiz

    Welcome to our festive quiz! We're giving you the chance to win one of five copies of Birds - Their Hidden World . There's three rounds; general questions on yuletide plants and animals, pictures of mystery Christmas nature and finally, can you unscramble our festive anagrams? Some will be multiple...
  • Blog Post: Something for the weekend

    This week, you've got to keep your eyes and ears open. Be alert at all times, wherever you are - especially if you're out shopping. Waxwings are here! Whatwings? Waxwings . They breed in Scandinavia, snapping up mosquitos in the northern forests, but in winter it's berries they crave ...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...will you be seeing red?

    ...or maybe a bit of grey will be more your colour this weekend? This week, our Wildlife Enquiries team have been inundated with queries about these beautiful birds - redwings and fieldfares . So if these birds are now as familiar to you as your usual robin and blackbird, you're not alone....
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: a snack in the snow

    So far I've resisted the charisma of our native birds in my photo selections, but I really like this image. It's probably the contrast between the snow and the husk of the tropical coconut that I find amusing. Here Ray Kennedy does a brilliant job of capturing this great tit looking quizzically...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 21

    For those of us not snowed in, there’s still time to get out and enjoy flocking starlings . Here are some top spots to get out and witness this wildlife spectacle for yourselves. Photo credit: David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) Brighton Pier Ham Wall Saltholme Newport Wetlands Leighton...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Boxing hares

    Whatever you do this Bank Holiday Monday, we hope you aren't fighting like cats and, err, hares with your loved ones! You can see this photo by Richard Revels and loads of other wildlife action shots and landscape images in our image library .
  • Blog Post: Doorstep vs. world

    I think it's easy to take the wildife in our local area for granted when we see it everyday. On wintery mornings, I tend to ignore the frosted leaves and spiders' webs glistening on my neighbour's holly bush. Instead, I frantically try to clear the ice from my windscreen without being late...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: enjoy the show

    With many of us getting ready to let out our best 'oohs' and 'ahhs' at a firework's display tonight, let's not forget that nature can put on a pretty spectacular display, too: Now I've never seen the Northern Lights, but by all accounts it's a mesmerizing experience...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... down by the water

    With temperatures set to stay below freezing for some time to come, it might seem a good idea to sit it out indoors. But if you wrap up warm and venture outside, the icy weather may bring some surprises. The big freeze makes life difficult for many waterbirds. Bad news for them, but it can bring us...
  • Blog Post: Cold, hungry birds? You can help!

    The past few weeks have been tough. The weather's made our lives difficult, but it's been even tougher for our birds and wildlife. So it's a good job that we can do our bit to help. I've been trudging up my snowy garden to feed the birds every morning - before feeding myself, of course...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: lighting up the night

    The moon. Last night it looked particularly amazing - big, bright and low enough in the sky that it seemed as if I only had to stand on tiptoes to reach it. In fact, it looked a little like this beautiful image by David Tipling: There are plenty more images like this over on RSPB Images ...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 22

    We thought it was time we gave you a chance to share your photos with us… This is just one of a beautiful selection of 'snowscapes' on our Community landscape gallery . Please click through and share yours with us too.
  • Blog Post: This weekend…share your festive feast

    Winter is challenging enough for birds at the best of times, but the recent freezing conditions are making things even tougher. So, instead of throwing your leftovers away, why not leave a Christmas treat out for the birds? Many festive favourites can provide much needed (and as we all know...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: all of the colour but none of the bang

    It's gone Bonfire Night and all is quiet. And even though I don't particularly miss all the bangs that go with exploding fireworks, I do miss the amazing show of colours. That's why I really like this image from Chris O'Reilly - it could be the afterglow of a particualrly big firework...
  • Blog Post: Time for a huddle?

    A cold, arctic wind is heading towards us this weekend. So, whilst we can all dust off the winter coats, dig out the scarf and gloves (hopefully finding a matching pair, although if you're anything like me you'll end up with two left handed ones!), what can the birds and wildlife do? Well...
  • Blog Post: Nature facts Christmas quiz: Answers

    Many of you got in touch with the correct answers to our Christmas quiz . The five lucky winners of Birds - Their Hidden World can be viewed on our main site . If any of you answered with a niggling sense of doubt, here are the official answers to all fifteen questions: 1 ) Robin. In fact this...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Christmas: 23

    Natural Christmas decorations photo credit: freeimages.co.uk Ever tried scouring your local park for fallen pine cones? They make excellent natural Christmas decorations if taken home and left to dry out. Create a simple but elegant table decoration by scattering them around church candles...