Sunday, 13 May 2018

Request for Images

Ongoing Request for Sri Lanka Wildlife Images and Guidelines for Image Contributors

I have authored and been the principal photographer for a number of photographic field guides to wildlife of Sri Lanka. The motivation behind these books is to impart field skills,  get people interested in nature and conservation and to align an economic agenda with conservation by building capacity for wildlife tourism. It is not to showcase myself as a photographer. Therefore, I am always happy to replace my images with those of others and share the opportunity to have images published in a book.

As my books roll through various stages of reprints/editions, I am continuously adding to a pool of shortlisted images that are potential replacements or additions. The following guidelines for contributors of images have been written to help people who may not be familiar with the publishing process.

Timing: When to Submit Images?
Please send me good images as and when you take them. I am very organised and efficiently maintain a pool of potential replacement images and additions so that I can send them to the publisher at very short notice.

I may at best only receive 2-3 weeks to send in revisions for a revised edition and I will have no time at this stage to follow up with  people for images. I can only use images I have received months in advance and have already shortlisted.

All images must be the copyright of the contributing photographer.

Composition, Format and Cropping
Some pictures I receive are not suitable for use in a book to be published by a professional natural history publisher. Therefore, please carefully read the following guidelines.

• Please send images as high res jpegs (not TIFFs which are very big). Most photographers will need to output jpegs afresh from their RAW files with the output quality at the highest setting. In a good spec digital SLR, the image size will be between 8-20 megs before cropping.

• If images are subsequently cropped, make sure they retain the original 3:2 landscape image proportion that is the default setting for SLR cameras. Cropped images will need to be at least 1Meg in size to be suitable for publication. Do not crop too tightly; the designers need some room to manoeuvre.

• Only send your best images. Preferably just one or two per species which show the plant or animal well and are sharp, well composed, have good light, etc.

• Do not apply sharpening. The designers will apply post-processing if needed.

• Species which are not easy to see or photograph will have a higher chance of being used.

• Images which show identification features are such as wing-bars in flight for birds are as useful as static portraits of a perched bird. With butterflies, both underwing and upperwing images are useful. With trees, images of the bark, flower, fruit and leaves are useful.

The preferred and most time efficient way for me to receive a large number of images is via dropbox. It only takes a minute to register with an email and a password of your choice on There is an option for signing up free of charge. Only the professional options cost money. You can share the folder or create a link and email me the link. If you only have a few images to email and these are less than 8-10 megs in total, an email is fine.

Identification of Species and Photographer
Please label each jpeg with the name of the species and the name of the photographer. Images in the publishing process get copied from one folder to another and passed on to different people for layout and design. Labelling each filename with the photographer’s name reduces the risk of mishaps with images being attributed incorrectly. E.g.
Peregrine (c) Joe Bloggs xxxxnnn.jpg
Yellow Wagtail (c) Joe Bloggs xxxxnn.jpg

It may be useful to retain the RAW file number (xxxnnn in the examples above) or date and location information you put in, when the jpeg was generated from your RAW file. If I come back to you and ask for more images in that sequence, it will be easier for you to locate your files.

Image Credits in Book
All images used will be credited.  But note that the credits will be at the end of the book, in the current style of the books that are published by all of the professional publishers, be it a publishing giant like Bloomsbury or Collins or a medium-sized international publisher like New Holland or John Beaufoy Publishing.

Publisher’s Terms
The majority of photographic field guides, even by international publishers, are specialist titles with small print runs. The majority of the international publishers do not offer fees for images. Some publishers will offer a single complimentary copy irrespective of the number of images used.
For books published by John Beaufoy Publishing, the publisher has a ‘books for images formula’. They give one book per 5 images used up to a maximum of 5 books per photographer. Therefore if 15 images are used, then the photographer receives 3 books. If 14 images are used, then only 2 books will be given....and so on up to the maximum. This is when the images are used for the first time. On subsequent prints and editions, the publisher will not give more new books. This is partly to minimise the admin and partly to manage the economics as these specialist titles have relatively small print runs. (For background info and context, as the author, I receive two books on first publication from one of the publishers).

With all of the international publishers, even as the author I do not receive free copies on reprints and new editions. This is again for the reasons of managing admin time and costs to the publisher. I obviously do see page proofs when a revised edition is being worked on.

What Species Groups?
Given below are some additional notes on the species groups I am interested in.

• Birds
Different sexes, plumages (immature, adult), flight and perched.

• Butterflies
Upperwing and underwing are both desirable.

• Dragonflies
Different sexes, maturity stages (immature, adult).

• Trees
Images must be accurately identified with species in filename to be of any use to me. Ideally, I need images of some or all of the whole tree (often difficult), flowers, leaf, fruit and bark. 
With flowers, note that with some tree species, flowers may be unisexual with male and female flowers on the same tree or on different trees; some species may have on the same tree, bisexual flowers as well as male and/or female flowers (botany is more complicated than birds).

• Mammals
In addition to images illustrating the mammals, anything showing behaviour is useful.

Why should you help?
It is satisfying to see your images in print which is a nice complement to other forms of publishing images such as posting them on social media. Sometimes having your images in print can open doors for useful invitations to the photographers.

But most of all, these affordable, portable and practically useful photographic guides help to enthuse people from a wide variety of backgrounds to take an interest in wildlife and conservation. Because they are affordable, they are often gifted to local guides by both foreign visitors and better off local visitors. They make a real impact in capacity building in Sri Lanka amongst local guides at various Sri Lankan national parks and reserves where the guides would not have the money or the convenience to buy the books. They help to brand and develop Sri Lanka as a wildlife tourism destination and the money trickles down to grass roots level all over the country. So your photographs can play a part in conservation and poverty alleviation. As an author, doing something socially useful is a key motivator for me.

How to contact me?
If we have not corresponded before, please contact me using my gmail with ‘Submitting Sri Lanka Wildlife Images’ as the subject header. To avoid internet bots harvesting my email details, I have not included the full email below. Please add the bit below, before the (at)

 My publications can also be seen on Amazon.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Are your BirdTrack records being passed on to the LNHS?

Passing on your BirdTrack Records for the London Bird Report
The London Bird Report team have for the past few years been given access to BirdTrack records in our recording area. Following a query from one of our contributors, we’ve found that his records weren’t reaching us though. The BirdTrack system seems to have a default setting so that users have to say they want records sent to their local bird club recorder.

So, if you are sending bird records to BirdTrack, please would you log in to BirdTrack and check the option ‘My details & settings’. At the bottom of that page, if it says ‘You have asked us not to forward your records to local bird recorders’ then we won’t be seeing your records. You can’t alter this setting directly. You’ll have to email BirdTrack to ask them to change this. If this is the case, please ask if they could also send all your previous records to us too.

Pete Lambert
Chair of the London Bird Report Editorial Board

Background Information
The London Bird Report is published annually by the London Bird Club, a section of the London Natural History Society.

It has been published since 1937 and with 80 issues to date sets a benchmark for publications of this genre. It is an A5 sized full colour publication of 256 pages. It is a comprehensive review of bird records for London for the year and includes a number of papers.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

My House of Sky: The Biography of J.A. Baker by Hetty Saunders, Panel Discussion at the London Review Bookshop

On Wednesday 15 July 2017, I was privileged to attend a public, ticketed event at the London Review Bookshop. The LRB in Bury Street, within sight of the British Museum is a charming book shop with a huge range of titles and cosy cafĂ©. They run a series of ticketed literary events and I would recommend signing up to their mailing list. My House of Sky written by Hetty Saunders was a biography on J.A. Baker, a very significant figure in English Literature. The book was immediately recognised as a fine piece of literary writing. Robert Macfarlane one of the finest contemporary exponents of nature writing spoke of how Baker influenced many writers with his ability to see the world with a heightened sense of visual acuity (my paraphrasing as I did not make notes of what he actually said). Macfarlane did mention that Baker's writing was 'landscape on acid', a phrase that struck me and resonated with a passage that John Fanshawe read out from one of the earliest editions of The Peregrine. The panel and the discussion was electric. It was moderated by Gareth Evans who handled it masterly and stitched questions from the audience and the comments from the panellists into succinct, intermittent re-caps whilst maintaining momentum.

Baker's writing straddled genres. It was a book that deeply affected birders, environmentalists and followers of literature in equal measure. Mark Cocker in the November 2017 issue of BBC Wildlife magazine writes of Baker's influence and refers to him being credited for setting the gold standard in British nature writing. Mark Conor Jameson in Silent Spring Revisited (Bloomsbury) opens his book with Baker. The involvement of Fanshawe reinforced the link with birders. Fanshawe is a familiar name to birders having co-authored field guides to the Birds of East Africa and another title on the Birds of the Horn of Africa. Whilst reviewing Phil Gregory's Birds of New Guinea, I learnt from the acknowledgements that Fanshawe had been an inspiration for that book.

Baker has remained an elusive figure, with very little known about him. All that changed when Fanshawe was contacted by a relative and received a treasure trove of material which is currently deposited with the University of Sussex. Hetty Saunders nearly did not sign up for a course in writing. But she did and Macfarlane one of the course tutors asked her to look at Baker's material and catalogue it. One thing led to another and just over two years after finishing her course has emerged this biography of one of the most important figures in British literature and the inspiration behind many of the best nature writers in Britain.

Panel discussions have their own dynamic and I was glad to have attended as insights come out of discussion. The fact that Baker's writing is special, is self evident. But I was also struck by Macfarlane and Saunders discussing that Baker was very much aware that he was working on something special and in his manuscript maintained a page count and running count of verbs, nouns, metaphors and so on. This was a numerical measure of the punch he was packing in to his writing by using metaphors to colour the book. The biography carries a foreword by Macfarlane and an afterword by Fanshawe, which reinforces how Baker was both a nature writer, a bird watcher and an environmentalist.

Evans more than once pointed out that Little Toller Books may be little by name and but a giant in stature to have published this book. I was able to chat with Jon Woolcott from the publisher and learn that they at times use crowd funding to fund books and at least twenty of the initial crowd funders were at the event. I am not in the loop on the background to the publishing of the biography but no doubt it is a coup to have beaten the giants of publishing to publish My House of Sky. Little Toller Books have also published authors such as Richard Mabey and Oliver Rackham, whose books are a source of inspiration for me as I labour over a guide to the common trees of Sri Lanka.

For readers who may be interested in more information I have copied below the press release from Little Toller Books.

My House of Sky - the first biography of writer J. A. Baker
J. A. Baker was the most ordinary of men. He was happily married, lived in a council house in Chelmsford and worked at the Automobile Association offices in Essex. Yet when his book The Peregrine was published 50 years ago, he became one of the greatest nature writers of the twentieth century.

J. A. Baker is revered all around the world today for his intense insight into the landscapes and nature of the British countryside. An extraordinary prose stylist, widely celebrated while he was alive, Baker fell into obscurity after his death 30 years ago. His books were no longer printed. Nobody knew anything about him. Baker became a dim silhouette.

Until now. With The Peregrine enjoying its 50th anniversary this year, the small, independent publisher Little Toller Books is publishing the first biography of J. A. Baker, exploring how he came to become such an important voice for nature and influential writer.

My House of Sky will be published in November 2017. The author, Hetty Saunders, worked with Robert Macfarlane (author of Landmarks, Holloway and The Old Ways) and conservationist John Fanshawe (of BirdLife International) to piece together a fascinating portrait of J. A. Baker. This is the first book that Saunders has written, admitting: "I became a bit obsessed with Baker – he has that effect on people – he captures them and drags them in….every time I thought I’d pinned something down, or learnt it for sure, something new would creep out of the woodwork." She adds: "as I went through his material, journals and archives, I feel I got to know J A Baker, but it’s an incomplete picture and there are still lots of intriguing questions about his life that have remained unanswered, which I think is fitting for a man who was as elusive as the peregrines he followed."

What emerges is a man obsessed with his subject – someone who, for more than a decade before The Peregrine was published, spent all of his spare time out on his bicycle, binoculars slung over one shoulder and a flask of coffee in the pocket of his heavy gabardine coat, recording in meticulous detail every bird he saw in his home county of Essex. His journals and diaries are full of the descriptions of wildlife which ended up in his books. He annotated Ordnance Survey maps with his sightings – examples of these appear in My House of Sky, alongside photographs of the journal. But despite this obsessive behaviour he retained a playful side, as Saunders says "he signed off letters to friends with the words ‘your faithful jester’", was a fan of writers like G K Chesterton, and loved to tell humorous anecdotes. Saunders says his writing is sometimes at odds with this. "It can be quite austere, quite misanthropic, very distant, but the character that came through from the archive was very funny, had lots of warmth, and I felt that this was a story that needed to be told."

The biography also reveals Baker’s lifelong passion for reading, his troubled relationship with his father, and how his terrible experiences of the Blitz as a teenager shaped both his birdwatching skills and his brilliant writing. Like many civilians, Baker was deeply scarred by the Blitz and spent time at a ‘rehabilitation centre’ in Sussex to help overcome his anxiety. Being outside walking, birdwatching or cycling helped him recover and establish himself as a successful writer.

As well as including some of Baker’s previously unpublished poetry My House of Sky also reveals the tantalising prospect of an undiscovered, book - something that Baker had been working on for years
but never published. Although it is not clear whether this was fiction or non-fiction, Little Toller Books hope that this new biography will help encourage people who might have known Baker to come forward if they have any letters, photographs or memories of him. Saunders is optimistic about the prospect of another book. "We know he was writing a third book at the time of his death – there are hints in the notes that Baker left about a new book and letters to admiring readers assuring them of new work to come, but so far it has not been found." The archive was collected from Baker’s family and friends and it remains possible that somewhere, in a loft, or forgotten drawer, is the third book from this elusive genius.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first publication of The Peregrine, which was one of the first literary works to examine the impacts of pesticides on wild animals and the environment, the effects of which are still being seen today. As Saunders says "Baker was sensitive to the needs of nature in a way that many weren’t in the late 1960s. He was ahead of his time, and his writing style is still so striking, and the content about species extinction so prophetic that it feels almost ahead of our time."

Little Toller Books publication has a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, an afterword by John Fanshawe, and is illustrated throughout by photographs by Christopher Matthews, including images of the journal pages and diaries, of maps annotated by Baker, his binoculars and telescopes for birdwatching, all of which make up a large section in the book. The special edition of the book will include a special print by the stone carver Jo Sweeting, inspired by Baker and his work.

The new book has already been enthusiastically endorsed by the British reading public. Little Toller Books launched a crowd-funding scheme to enable publication of the book and within days achieved the target.

My House of Sky is published on November 1, 2017, by Little Toller Books (RRP £20).

Left: Gareth Evans (Moderator). Right: Hetty Saunders and Robert Macfarlane

Left: Hetty Saunders. Right: John Fanshawe reading from an early edition of The Peregrine.


My thanks to Johnny and Shalmali Paterson who gave me their tickets when I found the event booked out, weeks ahead.

The Peregrine images below are  (c) James Sellen. They are not from the book. My thanks to James for allowing me to use these to show what a magnificent bird of prey the Peregrine is. Anyone interested in birds and other wildlife and living within a 20 mile radius of St Pauls Cathedral may find it useful to visit the website of the London Natural History Society and to consider membership.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Rare Birds of London

A Summary List of the Rare Birds of London and a pdf of Detailed Records
The ‘London Recording Area’ of the LNHS is surprisingly rich for birds with a total of 370 species recorded to date. Listed below are 196 species of birds for which records have to be submitted to the LNHS Rarities Committee for the inclusion of records in the annual London Bird Report.

A detailed list of records of these 196 species published in the London Bird Report up to 2015 can be downloaded from this link.

To download the rarity list of 196 species listed below as a pdf, click here.

The Rare Birds of London: Summary List

Ducks, Geese and Swans, Anatidae
Bewick’s Swan  Cygnus columbianus
Whooper Swan  Cygnus cygnus
Bean Goose  Anser fabalis
Pink-footed Goose  Anser brachyrhynchus
Snow Goose  Anser caerulescens
Red-breasted Goose  Branta ruficollis
Brent Goose  Branta bernicla
Sub-species: Pale-bellied Brent Goose B. b. hrota
Sub-species: Black Brant B. b. nigricans
Barnacle Goose  Branta leucopsis
American Wigeon  Anas americana
Green-winged Teal  Anas carolinensis
Blue-winged Teal  Anas discors
Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris
Ferruginous Duck  Aythya nyroca
Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis
Common Eider  Somateria mollissima
King Eider  Somateria spectabilis
Long-tailed Duck  Clangulahyemalis
Velvet Scoter  Melanitta fusca
Grouse, Pheasants and Partridges, Phasianidae
Black Grouse  Tetrao tetrix
Divers, Gaviidae
Red-throated Diver  Gavia stellata
Black-throated Diver  Gavia arctica
Grebes, Podicipedidae
Pied-billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps
Petrels and Shearwaters, Procellariidae
Northern Fulmar  Fulmarus glacialis
Manx Shearwater  Puffinus puffinus
Balearic Shearwater  Puffinus mauretanicus
Barola Shearwater  Puffinus baroli
European Storm-petrel  Hydrobates pelagicus
Leach’s Storm-petrel  Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Gannets, Sulidae
Northern Gannet  Morus bassanus
Herons and Bitterns, Aredeidae
Little Bittern  Ixobrychus minutus
Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides
Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret  Ardea alba
Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea
Storks, Ciconiidae
Black Stork  Ciconia nigra
White Stork  Ciconia ciconia
Ibises and Spoonbills, Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus
Spoonbill  Platalea leucorodia
Osprey, Kites, Hawks and Eagles, Accipitridae
Honey Buzzard  Pernis apivorus
Black Kite  Milvus migrans
White-tailed Eagle  Haliaeetus albicilla
Hen Harrier  Circus cyaneus
Montagu’s Harrier  Circus pygargus
Harrier sp Not given
Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Rough-legged Buzzard  Butoe lagopus
Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni
Red-footed Falcon  Falco vespertinus
Merlin  Falco columbarius
Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolus
Rails, Waterhens and Coots, Rallidae
Spotted Crake  Porzana porzana
Little Crake  Porzana parva
Baillon’s Crake  Porzana pusilla
Corncrake Crex crex
Cranes, Gruidae
Common Crane  Grus grus
Bustards, Otidae
Great Bustard  Otis tarda
Stilts and Avocets, Recurvirostridae
Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
Thick-knees, Burhinidae
Stone-curlew  Burhinus oedicnemus
Coursers and Pratincoles, Glareolidae
Cream-coloured Courser  Cursorius cursor
Collared Pratincole  Glareola pratincola
Plovers, Charadriidae
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
American Golden Plover  Pluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden Plover  Pluvialis fulva
Sociable Lapwing  Vanellus gregarius
White-tailed Lapwing  Vanellus leucurus
Sandpipers and Snipe, Scolopacidae
Western Sandpiper  Calidris mauri
Temminck’s Stint  Calidris temminckii
White-rumped Sandpiper  Calidris fuscicollis
Baird’s Sandpiper  Calidris bairdii
Pectoral Sandpiper  Calidris melanotos
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper  Calidrisacuminata
Purple Sandpiper  Calidris maritima
Broad-billed Sandpiper  Limicola falcinellus
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  Tryngites subruficollis
Great Snipe  Gallinago media
Long-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularius
Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria
Lesser Yellowlegs  Tringa flavipes
Marsh Sandpiper  Tringa stagnatilis
Wilson’s Phalarope  Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus
Grey Phalarope  Phalaropus fulicarius
Skuas, Stercorariidae
Pomarine Skua  Stercorarius pomarinus
Arctic Skua  Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Skua  Stercorarius longicaudus
Great Skua  Stercorarius skua
Gulls and Terns, Laridae
Sabine’s Gull  Xema sabini
Bonaparte’s Gull  Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Laughing Gull  Larus atricilla
Franklin’s Gull  Larus pipixcan
Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis
Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis
Caspian Gull  Larus cachinnans
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides or Glaucous Gull  Larus hyperboreus
Iceland Gull  Larus glaucoides
Sub-species: Kumlien’s Gull L. g. kumlieni
Slaty-backed Gull  Larus schistisagus
Glaucous-winged Gull  Larus glaucescens
Glaucous Gull  Larus hyperboreus
Sooty Tern  Onychoprion fuscatus
Bridled Tern  Onychoprion anaethetus
Gull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia
Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida
White-winged Black Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus
Roseate Tern  Sterna dougallii
Auks, Alcidae
Common Guillemot  Uria aalge
Razorbill  Alca torda
Black Guillemot  Cepphus grylle
Little Auk  Alle alle
Puffin Fratercula arctica
Sandgrouse, Pteroclidae
Pallas’s Sandgrouse  Syrrhaptes paradoxus
Cuckoos, Cuculidae
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus americanus
Owls, Strigidae
Scops Owl  Otus scops
Snowy Owl  Bubo scandiacus
Tengmalm’s Owl  Aegolius funereus
Nightjars, Caprimulgidae
European Nightjar  Caprimulgus europaeus
Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor
Swifts, Apodidae
Alpine Swift  Apus melba
Bee-eaters, Meropidae
European Bee-eater  Merops apiaster
Rollers, Coraciidae
European Roller  Coracias garrulus
Hoopoes, Upupidae
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Woodpeckers, Picidae
Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Larks, Alaudidae
Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla
Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris
Swallows and Martins, Hirundinidae
Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
Wagtails and Pipits, Motacillidae
Richard’s Pipit  Anthus richardi
Tawny Pipit  Anthus campestris
Olive-backed Pipit  Anthus hodgsoni
Red-throated Pipit  Anthus cervinus
Buff-bellied Pipit  Anthus rubescens
Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
Sub-species: Blue-headed Wagtail  M. f. flava
Citrine Wagtail  Motacilla citreola
Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba
Sub-species: White Wagtail  M. a. alba
Dippers, Cinclidae
Dipper Cincluscinclus
Accentors, Prunellidae
Alpine Accentor  Prunella collaris
Chats and Flycatchers, Muscicapidae
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Black-eared Wheatear  Oenanthe hispanica
Desert Wheatear  Oenanthe deserti
Grey-cheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus
Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus
Naumann’s Thrush  Turdus naumanni
American Robin  Turdus migratorius
Red-breasted Flycatcher  Ficedula parva
Warblers, Sylviidae
Savi’s Warbler  Locustella luscinioides
Aquatic Warbler  Acrocephalus paludicola
Paddyfield Warbler  Acrocephalus agricola
Blyth’s Reed Warbler  Acrocephalus dumetorum
Marsh Warbler  Acrocephalus palustris
Icterine Warbler  Hippolais icterina
Melodious Warbler  Hippolais polyglotta
Barred Warbler  Sylvia nisoria
Subalpine Warbler  Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
Eastern Crowned Warbler  Phylloscopus coronatus
Pallas’s Warbler  Phylloscopusproregulus
Yellow-browed Warbler  Phylloscopus inornatus
Hume’s Warbler  Phylloscopus humei
Radde’s Warbler  Phylloscopus schwarzi
Dusky Warbler  Phylloscopus fuscatus
Common Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita
Sub-species: Siberian Chiffchaff  P. c. tristis
Iberian Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus ibericus
Tits, Paridae
Crested Tit  Lophophanes cristatus
Willow Tit  Poecile palustris
Penduline Tits, Remizidae
Penduline Tit  Remiz pendulinus
Treecreepers, Serthiidae
Short-toed Treecreeper  Certhia brachydactyla
Orioles, Oriolidae
Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus
Shrikes, Laniidae
Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus
Isabelline Shrike  Lanius isabellinus
Red-backed Shrike  Lanius collurio
Lesser Grey Shrike  Lanius minor
Great Grey Shrike  Lanius excubitor
Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
Crows and Jays, Corvidae
Nutcracker Nucifragacaryoccatactes
Hooded Crow  Corvus cornix
Starlings, Sturnidae
Rose-coloured Starling  Sturnus roseus
Finches, Fringilidae
European Serin  Serinus serinus
Twite Carduelis flavirostris
Arctic Redpoll  Carduelis hornemanni
Two-barred Crossbill  Loxia leucoptera
Parrot Crossbill  Loxia pytyopsittacus
Common Rosefinch  Carpodacus erythrinus
Pine Grosbeak  Pinicola enucleator
Buntings, Emberizidae
Lapland Bunting  Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting  Plectrophenax nivalis
Pine Bunting  Emberiza leucocephalos
Cirl Bunting  Emberiza cirlus
Ortolan Bunting  Emberiza hortulana
Rustic Bunting  Emberiza rustica
Little Bunting  Emberiza pusilla
Black-headed Bunting  Emberiza melanocephala

Picture Credits
Brown Shrike, Staines Moor 17 December 2009 (c) Andrew Moon
Nightjar, Teddington 10 June 2006 (c) Andrew Moon
Little Bittern, Stocker's Lake 16 June 2012 (c) Andrew Moon

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