Birdland - Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire [1]

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3 years 7 months ago #86696 by nkgray
nkgray created the topic: Birdland - Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire [1]
I have just returned from a few days away in the Cotswolds with my wife. 'Special dispensation' was granted for a foray through the WWT Slimbridge centre - the results of which you have seen in my last 4 posts - with the rest of the trip dedicated to the ruins of a Roman villa at Chedworh, a medieval abbey at Lacock and the general beauty and charm of the Cotswold area. However, while driving through the village of Bourton-on-the-Water looking for a suitable place for lunch I discovered Birdland <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon/biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> . So after lunch I received 'extraordinary special dispensation' for a 1-hour sortie. I parked in the Pay-and-Display car park and paid for 1 hour - ample motivation to be back on time as the penalties for overstaying your hour are quite steep. I found a rather eclectic collection of birds in ponds, enclosures and cages, which tested my photographic skills as many shots were through wire mesh. The 32 birds for which I managed to get decent shots are shown with no particular logic or order over 3 posts.

Azure-winged Magpie (China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia)

Red-billed Blue Magpie (Himalayas and Indo-China)

Common Bronzewing (Australia)

Mindinao Bleeding-heart (endemic to Philippines)

Sulawesi Ground Dove (endemic to Indonesia)

Pied Imperial Pigeon (south-east Asia)

Red-billed Starling (China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam)

Violet Turaco (West Africa)

Red-crested Turaco (endemic to western Angola)


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