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Martin Gathercole

Male. Lives in Essex, United Kingdom. Married.
Martin Gathercole
Good numbers, up to 70, along the river today
Martin Gathercole
One of our most populous birds along the river, but still manages to stand out in a crowd
Martin Gathercole
One of two, newly returned to Essex
Martin Gathercole
Only one I saw today, must have been further upstream
Martin Gathercole
Striking the pose
Martin Gathercole
One of 300 along the River Colne today, feeding at low tide
Martin Gathercole
Gull was eating a crab and then thought better of it
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Martin Gathercole
After much deliberation and help from Barry identified as a juvenile cuckoo
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Barry Farquharson
Any other pics (no matter how bad), or impressions (size, behaviour, what it reminded you of). Also what sort of location (looks to be a field but may not be representative of surroundings).
Barry Farquharson
Currently leaning towards a juvenile Cuckoo as at least 1 possibility but can't see tail well enough to judge.
Martin Gathercole
Hi Barry, was the only pic, moving quite fast at low level over farmland near to salt at field edge marshes, appeared to land in a bush. A skylark went up and had a bit of a mid air squabble
Barry Farquharson
How did the size compare to the Skylark? Cuckoo has a distinctive flight style too with wings not usually being raised above the level (unlike in your photo - which may well rule out juv. Cuckoo) but the subtle curvature of the outer wing and the extent of brown/white on underside do have me struggl...View More
Martin Gathercole
It was about Cuckoo size but I thought they had all moved on by now. it was a very quick capture and I expected it to be a falcon but colouring & wing shape didn't pass scrutiny
Barry Farquharson
Adults should be gone, but young birds are on the move now. The expectation of a raptor and the resultant confusion does mirror my own when one flew past a hide I was sat in.
Barry Farquharson
https://flic.kr/p/adj1fW - I think this pic of mine is probably a decent match for yours overall. I think we can safely say (90% certainty) that it is a juvenile Cuckoo.
Martin Gathercole
Agreed, a juvenile Cuckoo. Thanks for taking the time to help👍
Martin Gathercole
In flight with a crab
Martin Gathercole
Martin Gathercole
Believed to be the first breeding Spoonbills in Essex, in the mixed heronry trees at the reservoir
Martin Gathercole
Busy fishing
Martin Gathercole
Taking in some shade on a rather warm day
Martin Gathercole
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Andrew Goodall
Nice one
Martin Gathercole
Martin Gathercole
With duckling under training, great diving technique
Martin Gathercole
Nice pose
Martin Gathercole
Stunning birds in the churchyard on our walk
Martin Gathercole
Looks like a fairly young lapwing
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Andrew Goodall
It is a juvenile Martin. Just a tiny aerial on top. It can't receive sport and adult channels yet!
Martin Gathercole
Classic pose, drying wings after fishing
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