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The distinctively long toes of Egrets, Moorhens, and Bitterns spread their weight and support them as they walk on floating vegetation. Coots and grebes have long, lobed toes, which aid propulsion when they are in water. The uniquely flattened and round-tipped bill of the Spoonbill sweeps sideways, halfopen, through the shallow water, until it touches a fish. It then quickly snaps its bill shut in order to feed. flattened bill tip SPOONBILL DABBLING TEAL WHERE TO WATCH 1 LAKE MYVATN, ICELAND 4 CAMARGUE, FRANCE 7 This northern lake sees an abundance of birds including Common Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Wigeon, Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Harlequin Ducks, Red-necked Phalaropes, Whooper Swans, and Ptarmigan.
Grains and seeds, which we find difficult to find on gravel, stand out to their eyes as different colours and are quickly pecked up with great precision. You will find that there are a huge range of birds to see and the more you look, the more you will want to learn about the differences there are between them so that you can start to identify individual species. T WINTER ROBIN In winter, putting out food or leaving apples unpicked on a tree will attract Robins and thrushes to your garden. BIRD BOXES GETTING STARTED Most gardens have food but no natural nest sites for holenesting birds such as sparrows, tits, and Starlings.
SHELLFISH EATER Oystercatchers hammer open mussels on seaweedy rocks. ROCKY ISLANDS, OFFSHORE STACKS, AND CLIFFS Within western Europe, some of the rocky islands, offshore stacks, and mainland coasts that have sheer cliffs see birds in huge numbers. Most seabirds nest in colonies and so choose the best of these sites, at which Gannets, Fulmars, Herring Gulls, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razorbills, and Puffins create some of Europe’s finest bird spectacles. Different island areas see particular seabirds coming in to nest in burrows created in crevices in rocks or cliffs, old rabbit burrows in soil, or burrows they dig out themselves.