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Wonderful day at #birdfair18 with @garrattat. Birdwatching with @birdwatchingmag Watched the delicate skill of bird ringing. #rutland #rspb_love_nature #happydays #birdwatching #sedgewarbler #reedwarbler #celebrityspotting #designatedsmokingarea
One of the few photos to come out from aboard the May Princess was this image of the lighthouse — the longest-running bird observatory in the U.K. now used to house a small research team.
#VisitScotland #ScotsMagTour #OMGB #OutAndAboutScotland #ScotsMagTour #LoveGreatBritain #TravelStoke #LonelyPlanet #NatGeoTravel #DamnNature #EarthCapture #RSPB_Love_Nature #IsleofMay #ScottishNaturalHeritage #ScottishWildlifeTrust #TheWanderCo #RoamAlone #ViewRanger #lighthouse #instascotland #findinganeish
One of the few photos to come out from aboard the May Princess was this image of the lighthouse — the longest-running bird observatory in the U.K. now used to house a small research team. #VisitScotland  #ScotsMagTour  #OMGB  #OutAndAboutScotland  #ScotsMagTour  #LoveGreatBritain  #TravelStoke  #LonelyPlanet  #NatGeoTravel  #DamnNature  #EarthCapture  #RSPB_Love_Nature  #IsleofMay  #ScottishNaturalHeritage  #ScottishWildlifeTrust  #TheWanderCo  #RoamAlone  #ViewRanger  #lighthouse  #instascotland  #findinganeish 
As promised earlier, here’s the osprey with it’s dinner! Just wish I’d got a picture of it catching it instead of watching in awe as my one of favourite birds was hunting infront of me!
As promised earlier, here’s the osprey with it’s dinner! Just wish I’d got a picture of it catching it instead of watching in awe as my one of favourite birds was hunting infront of me!
This cute fella is a Rocky Mountain Gray Jay! He was rather bold and too used to humans feeding him that he would steal food from your hands wether you were feeding him or not!
This cute fella is a Rocky Mountain Gray Jay! He was rather bold and too used to humans feeding him that he would steal food from your hands wether you were feeding him or not!
So we have a tame squirrel with half a tail he/she likes to eat monkey nuts we have named him/her halftail xx
#squirrelsofinstagram #squirrel  #nuts_about_nature #nuts_about_squirrels #rspb_love_nature #nature #wildlife #givenatureahome #garden
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Swifts at Stokesay Castle...
August batch of young... Is this normal? @chris.packham .
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#swifts #birds #rspb #rspb_love_nature #shropshire_wildlife_trust #wildlife #nest #babybirds #fledglings #castle #stokesaycastle #history #doomsday #nature #slomo #shropshire
#whitewingedmoth I think and his cheeky wee stripy buddy. 
@rspb_love_nature help more than just birds. .
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#rspb #rspb_love_nature #sony #sonyalpha #mc11 #sigma #nature #moth #nectar #purple #flowers #bee #scotland #lochleven #scottishwildlife #insects #naturereserve
One Airedale is pretty cool but two makes people's jaws drop. We had a very long walk in the sunshine this morning and these two turned heads like nobody's business. #turningheads #showstopper #dontbelievemejustwatch #cooldogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsoftheworld #sotonbloggers #hampshirephotography #hampshireliving #botley #swanmore #mansbestfriend #airedalelove #airedalesofinstagram #rescuedogsrock #rescuedogsofinstagram #terriersofinstagram #terrierlove #rspb_love_nature
One Airedale is pretty cool but two makes people's jaws drop. We had a very long walk in the sunshine this morning and these two turned heads like nobody's business. #turningheads  #showstopper  #dontbelievemejustwatch  #cooldogs  #dogsofinstagram  #dogsoftheworld  #sotonbloggers  #hampshirephotography  #hampshireliving  #botley  #swanmore  #mansbestfriend  #airedalelove  #airedalesofinstagram  #rescuedogsrock  #rescuedogsofinstagram  #terriersofinstagram  #terrierlove  #rspb_love_nature 
Mint moth on phlox Pyrausta aurata  This micro moth has a wingspan of 18-20mm. #kentwildlife #moths #lepidoptera #naturephotography #rspbimages #rspb_love_nature #ukmoths #ukmicromoths
I interrupt this feed of my travels in Northern Ireland to bring you beautiful scenes from my day trip to the #islesofscilly. I love #gannets. Probably my favourite #seabird.
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#randomactsofwildness #britishwildlife #springwatch #bbcspringwatch #rspb #bird #wild #wildlife #nature #walk #britishbird #british  #britishnature #uknature
 #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #rspb_love_nature #wildlifetrust  #naturewatch #sea #seaside #ocean #marine #marinelife #beach #coast #coastal
I interrupt this feed of my travels in Northern Ireland to bring you beautiful scenes from my day trip to the #islesofscilly . I love #gannets . Probably my favourite #seabird . . . #randomactsofwildness  #britishwildlife  #springwatch  #bbcspringwatch  #rspb  #bird  #wild  #wildlife  #nature  #walk  #britishbird  #british  #britishnature  #uknature  #wildlifephotography  #naturephotography  #wildlifephotography  #naturephotography  #rspb_love_nature  #wildlifetrust  #naturewatch  #sea  #seaside  #ocean  #marine  #marinelife  #beach  #coast  #coastal 
Just a happy go lucky cormorant swimming down the #rivercolne. #cormorant #river #essex #rowhedge #colchester #rspb_love_nature #rspb #birds #twitcher #birdspotting
Very exciting to confirm breeding Hobbys, a small summer migrant falcon all the way from Africa, nesting in a pretty urban location in Ealing last week! Photo of one of two recently fledged chicks by Nigel Bewley of #ealingwildlifegroup #bbcwildlife #bbcwildlifemagazine #bbcspringwatch #rspb #rspb_love_nature #londonwildlifetrust #londonwildlife #bto #britishtrustforornithology #raptors #falcon #falcons #hobby #london #ealing #naturelovers #naturephotography #nature #ealingwildlifephotography #wildlifephotography
Very exciting to confirm breeding Hobbys, a small summer migrant falcon all the way from Africa, nesting in a pretty urban location in Ealing last week! Photo of one of two recently fledged chicks by Nigel Bewley of #ealingwildlifegroup  #bbcwildlife  #bbcwildlifemagazine  #bbcspringwatch  #rspb  #rspb_love_nature  #londonwildlifetrust  #londonwildlife  #bto  #britishtrustforornithology  #raptors  #falcon  #falcons  #hobby  #london  #ealing  #naturelovers  #naturephotography  #nature  #ealingwildlifephotography  #wildlifephotography 
I feel exactly the same when I come across a blackberry that’s not ready! #gardenbirds #birdsofinstagram #westsussexbirds #westsussexgardens #rspb_love_nature #canonukphoto #birds🐦
Happy Friday - here’s to a tranquil weekend 🍃
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#audleyend #audleyendhouse #audleyendhouseandgardens #englishheritage #countrysideliving #englishsummer #countrysidelife #rspb_love_nature #countryhome #countryhouse #bridgeview #organicgardening #organicgarden #capabilitybrown #thisprettyengland #ukpotd #uk_potd #genuinebritain #gloriousbritain #visitengland #visitessex #britishwildflowers  #rspb_love_nature #nature_prefection #nature_love #nature_good #nature_photo #essexcounty #countrygarden #scenicbritain @uk_wildlife_images @thewildlifetrusts @gloriousbritain @genuinebritain @thebritishwildlife @scenicbritain @theenglishgardenmagazine @gardenersworldmag
Happy Friday - here’s to a tranquil weekend 🍃 • • • • • • • • • • #audleyend  #audleyendhouse  #audleyendhouseandgardens  #englishheritage  #countrysideliving  #englishsummer  #countrysidelife  #rspb_love_nature  #countryhome  #countryhouse  #bridgeview  #organicgardening  #organicgarden  #capabilitybrown  #thisprettyengland  #ukpotd  #uk_potd  #genuinebritain  #gloriousbritain  #visitengland  #visitessex  #britishwildflowers  #rspb_love_nature  #nature_prefection  #nature_love  #nature_good  #nature_photo  #essexcounty  #countrygarden  #scenicbritain  @uk_wildlife_images @thewildlifetrusts @gloriousbritain @genuinebritain @thebritishwildlife @scenicbritain @theenglishgardenmagazine @gardenersworldmag
Someone has dumped a box with two young chicks (pigeon I think) in our drive at work. We left a message with a rescue Centre and waiting for them to get back to us. I've put a small water container in for them, anything else I can do? The one isn't looking healthy and can't stand up.
#bird #birdsofinstagram #birdstagram #birding #nuts_about_birds #rspb #rspb_love_nature #springwatch #winterwatch #ukwildlife #nature #naturephotography #lovenature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #lovewildlife #wales #waleswildlife #welshwildlife #welshnature #britishbirds #ukbirds #ukwildlife #thebritishwildlife
Someone has dumped a box with two young chicks (pigeon I think) in our drive at work. We left a message with a rescue Centre and waiting for them to get back to us. I've put a small water container in for them, anything else I can do? The one isn't looking healthy and can't stand up. #bird  #birdsofinstagram  #birdstagram  #birding  #nuts_about_birds  #rspb  #rspb_love_nature  #springwatch  #winterwatch  #ukwildlife  #nature  #naturephotography  #lovenature  #wildlife  #wildlifephotography  #lovewildlife  #wales  #waleswildlife  #welshwildlife  #welshnature  #britishbirds  #ukbirds  #ukwildlife  #thebritishwildlife 
Early morning in Whitby before the yocals wake! #whitby #yorkshire #yorkshirelife @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover #nature_or_nothing @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture #scenesofyorkshire #mylife #britains_talent @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature #countryfilediaries #ukpotd #lovemyjob #perfectlife #igworldclub @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS #beautifulyorkshire #bbcyorkshire #yorkshirelifemagazine @theyorkshirepost #country_feature #followforfollow #followme #photooftheday #gettyimages #gloriousbritain #bestunitedkingdom
Early morning in Whitby before the yocals wake! #whitby  #yorkshire  #yorkshirelife  @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph  @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire  @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch  @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images  @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature  @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover  #nature_or_nothing  @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture  #scenesofyorkshire  #mylife  #britains_talent  @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature  #countryfilediaries  #ukpotd  #lovemyjob  #perfectlife  #igworldclub  @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS  #beautifulyorkshire  #bbcyorkshire  #yorkshirelifemagazine  @theyorkshirepost #country_feature  #followforfollow  #followme  #photooftheday  #gettyimages  #gloriousbritain  #bestunitedkingdom 
Who's that ? #polarbear #yorkshire #yorkshirelife @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover #nature_or_nothing @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture #scenesofyorkshire #mylife #britains_talent @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature #countryfilediaries #ukpotd #lovemyjob #perfectlife #igworldclub @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS #beautifulyorkshire #bbcyorkshire #yorkshirelifemagazine @theyorkshirepost #country_feature #followforfollow #followme #photooftheday #gettyimages #gloriousbritain #bestunitedkingdom
Who's that ? #polarbear  #yorkshire  #yorkshirelife  @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph  @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire  @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch  @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images  @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature  @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover  #nature_or_nothing  @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture  #scenesofyorkshire  #mylife  #britains_talent  @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature  #countryfilediaries  #ukpotd  #lovemyjob  #perfectlife  #igworldclub  @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS  #beautifulyorkshire  #bbcyorkshire  #yorkshirelifemagazine  @theyorkshirepost #country_feature  #followforfollow  #followme  #photooftheday  #gettyimages  #gloriousbritain  #bestunitedkingdom 
Home grown #freefood #yorkshire #yorkshirelife @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover #nature_or_nothing @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture #scenesofyorkshire #mylife #britains_talent @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature #countryfilediaries #ukpotd #lovemyjob #perfectlife #igworldclub @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS #beautifulyorkshire #bbcyorkshire #yorkshirelifemagazine @theyorkshirepost #country_feature #followforfollow #followme #photooftheday #gettyimages #gloriousbritain #bestunitedkingdom
Home grown #freefood  #yorkshire  #yorkshirelife  @guardian @dailymirror @yorkshirepost @bbcyorkshire @theyorkshirepost @dailymail #MyTelegraph  @bbcengland @bbclooknorth #bbcyorkshire  @bbcspringwatch #bbcspringwatch  @wildlifemag @countryfilemag @countrylifemagazine #uk_wildlife_images  @uk_wildlife_images #fiftyshades_of_nature  @fiftyshades_of_nature #true_photo_lover  #nature_or_nothing  @nature_or_nothing #englandsbigpicture  #scenesofyorkshire  #mylife  #britains_talent  @bbcearth  @rspb_love_nature #rspb_love_nature  #countryfilediaries  #ukpotd  #lovemyjob  #perfectlife  #igworldclub  @imfromyorkshireltd #YORKSHIREIS  #beautifulyorkshire  #bbcyorkshire  #yorkshirelifemagazine  @theyorkshirepost #country_feature  #followforfollow  #followme  #photooftheday  #gettyimages  #gloriousbritain  #bestunitedkingdom 
Fifty shades of grey...
Although many people will give it a poor review, sometimes something that is grey on the outside can be more interesting and more colourful than you may think. The attire of a pigeon can, on first impression appear rather drab. Closer inspection of these birds reveals a whole rainbow of colour blends and mixes. It may surprise you how vibrant these 'grey' birds really are. The vibrancy doesn't stop there. The world through a pigeons eyes enters a whole new level of flamboyance and psychedelia... They are able to see in five different colour spectrums and ultra violet (UV) is of great importance if you are a pigeon aiding them in both partner selection and in finding food. A male woodpigeon and a big juicy cabbage glow in the UV spectrum. For this very reason, wood pigeons have a bit of a penchant for oil seed rape and can cause considerable damage to crops. Shooting pigeons can be effective on a local scale but has no real impact on a bird that has been recorded breeding in every month of the year. Despite the fact that the wood pigeon is a successful and numerous bird their distant relatives are the Passenger pigeon and the Dodo and we all know what happened to them! Alternative names for the Wood pigeon include the Culver, Cushat, Cushy-do, Ringdow, Ring dove, Quist, Woody, Squab, Squeaker plus many others if you are a farmer or a veg grower. The genus name Columba is the Latin word meaning "pigeon, dove", whose older etymology comes from the Ancient Greek (kolumbos), "a diver", referring to the birds territorial display flight where they rise up on a few wing claps followed by an arching dive all to impress a female. Once paired, they can be very 'lovey dovey', mutual preening, kissing, regurgitating food for each other and sharing incubation duties. They suck too! Pigeons are a unique family of birds that can suck up water when they drink, where most birds 'sip and tip' their heads back.
Pigeons and doves are probably my favourite group of birds. They have broken records, helped win wars and have a closer connection to Humans than many of us realise. These 'flying rats' are intelligent, charming and colourful. Not really grey at all.
Fifty shades of grey... Although many people will give it a poor review, sometimes something that is grey on the outside can be more interesting and more colourful than you may think. The attire of a pigeon can, on first impression appear rather drab. Closer inspection of these birds reveals a whole rainbow of colour blends and mixes. It may surprise you how vibrant these 'grey' birds really are. The vibrancy doesn't stop there. The world through a pigeons eyes enters a whole new level of flamboyance and psychedelia... They are able to see in five different colour spectrums and ultra violet (UV) is of great importance if you are a pigeon aiding them in both partner selection and in finding food. A male woodpigeon and a big juicy cabbage glow in the UV spectrum. For this very reason, wood pigeons have a bit of a penchant for oil seed rape and can cause considerable damage to crops. Shooting pigeons can be effective on a local scale but has no real impact on a bird that has been recorded breeding in every month of the year. Despite the fact that the wood pigeon is a successful and numerous bird their distant relatives are the Passenger pigeon and the Dodo and we all know what happened to them! Alternative names for the Wood pigeon include the Culver, Cushat, Cushy-do, Ringdow, Ring dove, Quist, Woody, Squab, Squeaker plus many others if you are a farmer or a veg grower. The genus name Columba is the Latin word meaning "pigeon, dove", whose older etymology comes from the Ancient Greek (kolumbos), "a diver", referring to the birds territorial display flight where they rise up on a few wing claps followed by an arching dive all to impress a female. Once paired, they can be very 'lovey dovey', mutual preening, kissing, regurgitating food for each other and sharing incubation duties. They suck too! Pigeons are a unique family of birds that can suck up water when they drink, where most birds 'sip and tip' their heads back. Pigeons and doves are probably my favourite group of birds. They have broken records, helped win wars and have a closer connection to Humans than many of us realise. These 'flying rats' are intelligent, charming and colourful. Not really grey at all.
“Feeding on a spear thistle”

I have been looking to capture a group of these goldfinches for a while now after seeing them in this area. I went to this location yesterday evening hoping to get a shot of them.

#wildlifephotography #capturingthemoment #waitinggame #goldfinches #wildbirds #feeding #birds #flock #spearthistle #naturalhabitat #rspb_love_nature #naturephotography #alfieangelportraits #canonphotography #location #waitingpatiently
Been very quite on here lately. Having too much in with the kids during the holiday.  This order of three yellow duck food bags are going out today. Love the yellow ducks and what lovely names too!
Been very quite on here lately. Having too much in with the kids during the holiday. This order of three yellow duck food bags are going out today. Love the yellow ducks and what lovely names too!
Although owls have binocular vision, their forward-facing eyes cannot move in their sockets, so they must turn their heads instead. Like other owls, tawny owl can famously turn their head through 270 degrees and are able to look behind them.
Tawny owl - Not wild - 📸 1/250 f8 Iso 500
Although owls have binocular vision, their forward-facing eyes cannot move in their sockets, so they must turn their heads instead. Like other owls, tawny owl can famously turn their head through 270 degrees and are able to look behind them. Tawny owl - Not wild - 📸 1/250 f8 Iso 500
So glad to see the return of the Long Tailed Tits. Been quite a while since they were last here, I last saw one in February. Listen out for the high pitched whistle that announces they are around. It's very unique and unmistakable.

Long-tailed tit. (Aegithalos Caudatus). So named for a tail longer than its body, the tiny long-tailed tit is a delightful visitor to any garden. These highly gregarious birds are a visual treat with their black, white and pinkish plumage, red eye rings and small black beaks. 
DID YOU KNOW ??? Long-tailed tits live short lives of only 2 to 3 years.

The Long-tailed tit is one of the smallest garden birds in the UK. If not for its extensively long tail, the most characteristic part of the bird, it would be tiny and measure just 6cm in length.

Long-tailed tits have one of the highest nest failure rates among garden bird species. However, despite this disconcerting fact, it is interesting to observe that Long-tailed tits have a habit of not re-nesting. Instead, they will become what are known as “Helpers”; supporters of a nest or other pair of birds, a behaviour known as co-operative breeding. (Approximately 50% of nests have one or more helpers). This altruistic behaviour pertains to a fitness advantage, particularly if it is related to offspring that is supported by the helper. In a future scenario, the helper can use its experience supporting a particular nest for its own offspring in the next season. 
#rspb_love_nature #animalsofinstagram #animal_captures #animals_in_world #splendid_animals #animalscaptures #animal_fanatics #animalelite #animal_sultans  #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #wildlifephoto #wildlifelovers #birding #your_best_birds #bestbirdshots #birdsofinstagram #photooftheday #RSPB #canon #snappyBeaks #nature
So glad to see the return of the Long Tailed Tits. Been quite a while since they were last here, I last saw one in February. Listen out for the high pitched whistle that announces they are around. It's very unique and unmistakable. Long-tailed tit. (Aegithalos Caudatus). So named for a tail longer than its body, the tiny long-tailed tit is a delightful visitor to any garden. These highly gregarious birds are a visual treat with their black, white and pinkish plumage, red eye rings and small black beaks. DID YOU KNOW ??? Long-tailed tits live short lives of only 2 to 3 years. The Long-tailed tit is one of the smallest garden birds in the UK. If not for its extensively long tail, the most characteristic part of the bird, it would be tiny and measure just 6cm in length. Long-tailed tits have one of the highest nest failure rates among garden bird species. However, despite this disconcerting fact, it is interesting to observe that Long-tailed tits have a habit of not re-nesting. Instead, they will become what are known as “Helpers”; supporters of a nest or other pair of birds, a behaviour known as co-operative breeding. (Approximately 50% of nests have one or more helpers). This altruistic behaviour pertains to a fitness advantage, particularly if it is related to offspring that is supported by the helper. In a future scenario, the helper can use its experience supporting a particular nest for its own offspring in the next season. #rspb_love_nature  #animalsofinstagram  #animal_captures  #animals_in_world  #splendid_animals  #animalscaptures  #animal_fanatics  #animalelite  #animal_sultans   #wildlifephotography  #birdphotography  #wildlifephoto  #wildlifelovers  #birding  #your_best_birds  #bestbirdshots  #birdsofinstagram  #photooftheday  #RSPB  #canon  #snappyBeaks  #nature 
Guillemot - I love the way they look like they have there hands/wings behind their back.
Guillemot - I love the way they look like they have there hands/wings behind their back.
This is my resident flock of sparrows. Too many to count....
#rspb  #mygarden #sparrows #rspbnature #rspb_love_nature
Female Mute Swan using her bill and feet to rotate her eggs in the nest
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During the incubation period, the female swan (the pen) will frequently stand up and use her bill and feet to rotate her eggs, this helps to increase contact between her warm body and the surface of the eggs. Hormones cause the pen to lose some of her feathers, she also assists this by pulling out more of her feathers to expose a small patch of bare skin on her breast/underside, known as the brood patch. The exposed soft skin moulds itself around the egg and with increased blood flow to the area, she is able to very effectively warm the eggs that are in direct contact with the brood patch. The pen will change position every half hour, or so, to make sure she heats all the eggs equally.
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#muteswan #muteswans #swan #swans #whiteswan #swaneggs #incubation #rotating #swansnesting #nestingswan #nestingswans #nestingbirds #birdsnesting #birdsnest #nesting #nests #motherswan #swanlovers #swansoninstagram #instaswan #bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #waterbirds #wildlife #britishwildlife #nativewildlife #rspb_love_nature #waterbirdsofinstagram
Female Mute Swan using her bill and feet to rotate her eggs in the nest ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the incubation period, the female swan (the pen) will frequently stand up and use her bill and feet to rotate her eggs, this helps to increase contact between her warm body and the surface of the eggs. Hormones cause the pen to lose some of her feathers, she also assists this by pulling out more of her feathers to expose a small patch of bare skin on her breast/underside, known as the brood patch. The exposed soft skin moulds itself around the egg and with increased blood flow to the area, she is able to very effectively warm the eggs that are in direct contact with the brood patch. The pen will change position every half hour, or so, to make sure she heats all the eggs equally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The thick shell of the egg is strong enough to take the weight of an adult swan and eggs that have been in the nest for a while will have many scratches on their surface resulting from the claws on the adult swan’s webbed feet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #muteswan  #muteswans  #swan  #swans  #whiteswan  #swaneggs  #incubation  #rotating  #swansnesting  #nestingswan  #nestingswans  #nestingbirds  #birdsnesting  #birdsnest  #nesting  #nests  #motherswan  #swanlovers  #swansoninstagram  #instaswan  #bird  #birds  #birding  #birdphotography  #waterbirds  #wildlife  #britishwildlife  #nativewildlife  #rspb_love_nature  #waterbirdsofinstagram