European Roller Bird

Beautiful little birds that love to do impressive aerial acrobats, hence their name.

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Barn Swallow

Barn swallows love to fly low and drink while they are flying! Photo taken by Terjekolaasphoto

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Barn Swallow

taken from a fabulous photo by Terjekolaasphotos

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Barn Swallow from above

They swoop and dart so fast, and herald Spring, so are a welcome site

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Bearded Reedling

Bearded Reedling flying from a wonderful photo by @josimages … they are monogamous and form loyal pairs, and breed in colonies in reeds … and both parents construct a cup shaped nest lined with feathers and mature reed heads…

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Bearded Reedling pair

Bearded reedling couple from a love photo by voodison328

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Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher is a bird that loves living by ponds. From a lovely photo by Andrew Morffew

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Blue throat

Blue throat male birds like to sing from a perch to attract a mate, but can also run on the ground like a mouse! Found in western Europe and up to western Alaska

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Blue tit with snowdrops

The blue tit is about half the size of a robin, so small and delicate, but hugely acrobatic, and can be seen hanging upside-down to get food. One of their favourite things is caterpillars, but they do enjoy most insects, and will happily munch fatballs, seeds and fruit. Unlike a lot of birds they only have one brood each spring.

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Bohemian waxwing

This bohemian waxwing is from a great photo by Wouter Cardoen. When deterring rivals they sleek down their feather and crest, like here, showing their black throat and open beak. Watercolour on Paolo Olbi Venetian paper

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Did you know that cardinals can come in different colours? Some are purple, some more orange, some bright red, and others even yellow?! Which is why I decided to paint a purply, orangey red bird! In the States these birds symbolise being visited by a loved one that has passed on, just as a robin does in Britain. They are beautiful birds, that love eating cranberries……

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Chickadees get their name from their easily recognisable “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” alarm call, which they use to alert each other to the presence of a potential predator. Great lover of bird feeders!

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Crimson chat

Crimson chat from a photo by Perry Cho. I love these little birds with their big stare and crimson tummies. The crimson chat is a species of small bird found in Australia. It is also known as the tricoloured chat, saltbush canary, and crimson-breasted nun. Arches watercolour paper

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The truth is magpies don’t steal shiny things, ravens and crows do!

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A cygnet watching life around it, looking forward to fly soon…

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Sweet baby duckling joyfully waddling about happily getting to the world

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Diamond Firetail

From a photo taken by talented photographer Craig Greer. Plump, tiny bird with olive back, grey head, white belly and throat, white-spotted black flanks, black breast band, and bright red bill in adult. The most stunningly coloured bird in the finch family. Found in Australia. Clairefontaine paper

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Eurasian Jay Bird

The Eurasian Jay Bird, garrulus glandarius (sounds like a Roman general!) is cousin to the Blue Jay and is believed to have emerged in the southwest of France. They are very good at hiding acorns and so are ecologically very important to oak trees … highly intelligent too, they can mimic sounds and use this ability to tell each other how they feel….

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European Magpie

We are lucky to see lots of these about here in the north of France. It is one of several birds in the crow family, would you believe?

An old British rhyme predicts a person’s fate on the basis of the number of magpies they’ve seen: “One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a funeral, and four for birth.” It is said that if you fail to salute a magpie you’ve walked past, bad luck waits patiently behind the next corner. When you do see one my mother-in-law told me to say: “Hello Mr Magpie how are you and your wife and children?!” to avoid fearsome bad luck.

Highly intelligent birds, they use portion control for their chicks, and can recognise themselves in a mirror, which is pretty darn clever.

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Golden Oriole

Very secretive birds, they like to keep high up in the trees. Great dawn singers with their flute like song.

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Goldfinch on Sea Holly

Eurasian goldfinch enjoying some sea holly. Their beaks are wonderfully designed to get all the delicious seeds out of things like thistles and sea holly, which can be harder for other birds.

They mate for life, and are very sociable birds, possibly hence their collective name of a charm of goldfinches.

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Eurasian goldfinch flying

Another goldfinch, because I love painting them!


Goldfinch on a cherry tree … they love the buds as well as the fruit!

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Great Tit with crocuses

A hungry great tit looking for tasty things to eat despite the snow that still lurks

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Kingfisher flying at an angle

Kingfisher flying on a misty day from a great photo by David Zeman … Kingfishers are amazing, and will let other birds steal their catch … maybe because they are so very good fishing they don’t mind sharing…

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Kingfishers on their nest


Meadowlark close-up taken from a great photo by Mike Mish Shedlock in Badlands Park, with the photographer reflected in the bird’s eye … you can just see it here right?

Olive Backed Sunbird

The olive backed sunbird is found in South China, South East Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, north Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands … they love nectar, but do eat insects and have been seen stealing off spiders webs! The sunbird comes in rainbow colours, but my husband gave me a gorgeous yellow Winsor and Newton half pan and I really wanted to use it.

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Paradise Tanager

The Paradise tanager, a multi-coloured songbird, is native to the Amazonian rainforest. Highly intelligent, they use tools to get food and build their nests. Very gregarious and sociable.

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Pheasant walking across a snowy landscape from a photo by Pasi Kaunisto. Curiously, pheasants do not migrate like other birds, and can also go several days without eating, which makes it easier for them to be cosy and cooped up away from danger.

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Pheasant running

Pheasant seems to be running towards something that interests him … a friend, a tasty morsel, a loving hug?

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The ravens at the Tower of London are historic, and essential! Very clever birds with a great sense of humour and kindness towards each other and sometimes towards humans too

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Rose Robin

Raise your hand if you are a cutie! Rose robin taken from a great photo by oz_bird photography painted on Paolo Olbi Venetian paper. Lives in Australia.

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White-browed Tit Warbler

White-browed tit warblers are found in the Himalayas and China. From a great photo by @birddective. This bird likes to be in couples, and is just such a beautiful bird!

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Whooper Swan

A whooper swan delighting in the coming of Spring from a beautiful photo by @pasi.kaunisto takin in April 2023. I used salt to create a snowy windy feel…

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Woodpecker fledgling

Young woodpecker peeping out gingerly of his nest just before his first flight from a gorgeous photo by

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A sandpiper chick racing across the sands, with its lovely long legs, but still short beak at this stage

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Wren comes from the Middle English wrenne meaning little tail, and troglodyte meaning cave dweller for their habit of searching every nook and cranny in their search for insects … they also have loud and complex songs which they often sing in duets … parents who share … fathers will often sing to their young, how lovely is that?

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Yellow Hammer

The yellow hammer bird is found in England, and Europe and introduced to New Zealand and Australia… said to have inspired Beethoven’s 5th Symphony while he walked through the Prater Park in Vienna. It’s song has a rhythm like “a little bit of bread and no cheese”…. similar to the pine bunting with which it interbreeds.

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