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Enjoy these bird photographs kindly sent to us. If you have an interesting bird (or other wildlife) photograph or drawing you would like featured here, please email or post to address on Contact Page. Many of the images below have been produced using the digiscoping method - if this is new to you, read our FAQ - "What is Digiscoping?" by Andy Bright, one of our regular contributors to this section.

We are now offering a small prize each month to the photographer of the picture that specially catches our eye - it doesn't have to be a technically great picture, (although it could!), but perhaps show some interesting behaviour. The prize will be awarded entirely at our discetion, and will vary. Potential sponsors, please contact us here!. This month, the prize (book on Bird Photography), is awarded to Jason Hurst for his picture of a Mute Swan catching a fish (see below).

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Mute Swan Mute Swan with fish
© Jason Hurst
Jason (more used to photographing celebrities in his job!) had hoped to catch some water droplets on this swan, but the fish was a surprise bonus! Taken with a Nikon F5s and a 300mm 2.8. (Previous Photo of the Month winner)
© Frank B
Taken when Frank's car broke down on the M1 !
BlackbirdBlackbird (partial albino)
© Mike Dowling
Taken in Newquay, this bird has very striking plumage!
© Paul Bessey
Paul took this Sparrowhawk mantling its Starling prey in his rear garden near Norwich through kitchen window, with a Nikon Coolpix 5700.
© Philip Kirkham
Taken at Marton Mere near Blackpool last winter using a Nikon D100 and 500mm lens
Corn BuntingCorn Bunting
© Ben Clifton
Taken at Elmley Marshes RSPB Reserve, Kent with a Canon EOS D30, Sigma 170-500mm lens, and 2x converter. See more of Ben's excellent photographs at
Purple SandpiperPurple Sandpiper
© Richard Ford
Digiscoped with a Coolpix 990 and Swarovski ST80HD at Southsea in Hampshire on 15th February 2004. 
© Richard Ford
"I was very pleased to find a small flock of these birds locally and even happier when this one perched so nicely for a photograph"
Digiscoped with a Coolpix 4500 and a Swarovski ST80HD taken in NE Hampshire.
© Colin Craddock
Taken with Standard digital camera Olympus C-740 at Biggin Hill Kent.
Cory's ShearwaterCory's Shearwater
© João Quaresma
location: south of Lajes do Pico, Azores, Portugal
gear: Nikon F100, 300 f4.

© Laura Bimson
Nice male bird resting in Laura's garden.

© Mick Wilson
Stonechat taken at Minsmere, Suffolk in July 2003.
Long-tailed TitLong-tailed Tit
© Stephen Dean
Stephen used a Nikon F80 and a 500mm lens to take this picture in his garden.
J Galletly
Photographed at Ladywalk, Warwickshire.
© Steve Moore
Female bird feeding in garden at East Rudham, Norfolk in March.
© Christine Iwancz
Garden in Staffordshire in March.
Collared DoveCollared Dove
© Jacqui Tonberg
Captured during the first fall of snow in January, Brora
Scottish Higlhands using a Fuji FinepixS304.
© Hugh Griffiths
Juvenile Sparrowhawk, photographed through double glazing using Canon 10D + 300mm f/4 IS USM lens + 1.4x Extender.
Great Grey ShrikeGreat Grey Shrike
© Steve Gardner
Steve took this fine bird in Wier Wood, West Sussex on a Swarovski HD80 Scope using a Pentax Optio 330GS Digital camera without Mount.
Pied WagtailPied Wagtail
© Paul Derbyshire
Digiscoped with Leica 770 apo, Nikon Coolpix 995 and 30x eyepiece.

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