Phil Whittaker (Street Articles Author)
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Buzzards Soaring to Success
In my last article I wrote about the resurgence in Suffolk of the come-back king the Little Egret. In a similar vein, another ornithological success story in East Anglia over the past few years has to be that of the Common Buzzard. Buzzards are the commonest UK bird of prey…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Apr 28, 2012  
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Golden Boots the Comeback King
One of the birds I see on the almost daily walk-round of my local patch in Mid Suffolk and also at many other of the places I go birding in Suffolk is the Little Egret. Now a common bird throughout most of Britain the Little Egret has gone from depletion…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Apr 27, 2012  
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The Peregrine A Hunting Life
The Peregrine Falcon A hunting life J. A. Baker’s The Peregrine is my all-time favourite book about birds and wildlife watching. Baker captures the often solitary life in a landscape of both bird and the watcher. It is full of acute and highly descriptive passages based on ten years spent…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Hunting   Apr 26, 2012  
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Nightingales Singing In The Last Chance Saloon
At this time of year I am usually out and about on my local patch and around Suffolk seeking out early summer migrants. These are heralded by the chiffchaff, from February, then blackcap usually March, nightingale mid April, with whitethroats (common and lesser) following. Garden warbler, reed and sedge warblers…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Apr 26, 2012  
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Winter Thrushes Redwings & Fieldfares
One of the birds that can really brighten up a dull January day is my favourite winter thrush the Redwing. It’s a bird I like the look of especially when seen at close quarters or through binoculars or better still a spotting scope. There is something emotive about a Redwing,…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Apr 26, 2012  
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The Magpie A Social Bird With A Bad Reputation
The Magpie ‘One for sorrow two for joy’ A social bird with a bad reputation You either love them or hate them and you certainly can’t miss this striking black and white member of the crow family. The large dominant and aggressive Magpie can be seen anywhere in town or…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Apr 26, 2012  
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Thrushes All at Sea:a Visible Migration Spectacle
On 13th October 2011 I spent five hours at Thorpeness sea watching and during my stay I saw a variety of seabirds. I was using a 30X scope and 10x40 binoculars. The weather was mainly overcast, with a few sunny spells breaking through occasionally. Winds were light, south easterly perhaps…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Oct 20, 2011  
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