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Norfolk-based photographer David Tipling has worked as a freelance wildlife photographer since 1992. Passionate about birds and bird photography, David has been author or commissioned photographer for more than 40 books on birds and wildlife photography. Two of his main fascinations are the birds of the southern oceans and the cultural links between people and birds.

Here we showcase a cross-section of his most dramatic bird images from all corners of the globe.
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) low angle portrait, Cape Kidnappers, North Island, New Zealand - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) low angle portrait, Cape Kidnappers, North Island, New Zealand
Japanese / Red crowned cranes {Grus japonensis} pair calling, Akan, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Japanese / Red crowned cranes {Grus japonensis} pair calling, Akan, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Steller's sea eagle {Haliaeetus pelagicus} portrait, Nemuro Channel, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Snowy-bellied Hummingbird {Amazilia edward} portrait, El Valle, Panama. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Snowy-bellied Hummingbird {Amazilia edward} portrait, El Valle, Panama.
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Nebraska, USA, April - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Nebraska, USA, April
Harpy Eagle {Harpia harpyja} head profile, Summit Gardens, Panama  - individual from Peregrine Fund captive breeding programme. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Harpy Eagle {Harpia harpyja} head profile, Summit Gardens, Panama - individual from Peregrine Fund captive breeding programme.
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males fighting at lek, Finland, April - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males fighting at lek, Finland, April
Ground Hornbill {Bucorvus leadbeateri} close-up of face, Masai Mara, Kenya. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Ground Hornbill {Bucorvus leadbeateri} close-up of face, Masai Mara, Kenya.
Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) pair in courtship display, New Island, Falklands, November - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) pair in courtship display, New Island, Falklands, November
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) adult, head profile portrait. Pyrenees, Spain, January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) adult, head profile portrait. Pyrenees, Spain, January
Californian condor (Gymnogyps californianus) portrait, Arizona, USA - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Californian condor (Gymnogyps californianus) portrait, Arizona, USA
Puffin flapping wings at sunset {Fratercula arctica} Shetland, Scotland. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Puffin flapping wings at sunset {Fratercula arctica} Shetland, Scotland.
Bald Eagle {Halaeetus eucocephalus} head portrait, Alaska, USA - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bald Eagle {Halaeetus eucocephalus} head portrait, Alaska, USA
Silhouette through mist of two Mute Swans {Cygnus olor} on water, UK. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Silhouette through mist of two Mute Swans {Cygnus olor} on water, UK.
Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) on roosting pond Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, USA, January - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) on roosting pond Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, USA, January
Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life.
Steller's Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) calling on sea ice off Rausu on Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Steller's Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) calling on sea ice off Rausu on Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, February
Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl) swarming around feeder on balcony, Mindo, Ecuador - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl) swarming around feeder on balcony, Mindo, Ecuador
Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) group, at dawn Bosque del Apache New Mexico, USA, winter - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) group, at dawn Bosque del Apache New Mexico, USA, winter
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) male depositing blue pen at bower, Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia, September - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) male depositing blue pen at bower, Lamington NP, Queensland, Australia, September
Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) male bringing wild avocado to feed young at nest Central Highlands, Costa Rica - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) male bringing wild avocado to feed young at nest Central Highlands, Costa Rica
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) with one eye closed, Bharatpur, India - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) with one eye closed, Bharatpur, India
Kea (Nestor notabilis) investigating car, Arthur's Pass South Island, New Zealand - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Kea (Nestor notabilis) investigating car, Arthur's Pass South Island, New Zealand
Osprey (Pandion haliatus) fishing, Inverdruie Fish Farm, Speyside, Scotland, July - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Osprey (Pandion haliatus) fishing, Inverdruie Fish Farm, Speyside, Scotland, July
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) two males sparring in spring, Camargue, France - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) two males sparring in spring, Camargue, France
Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) singing, Norfolk, spring - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) singing, Norfolk, spring
Light-mantled sooty albatross {Phoebetria palpebrata} in courtship flight, Gold Harbour, South Georgia, November - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Light-mantled sooty albatross {Phoebetria palpebrata} in courtship flight, Gold Harbour, South Georgia, November
Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) resting, Salton Sea, California, USA, April - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) resting, Salton Sea, California, USA, April
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) about to pluck fly from surface of pool, Cley, Norfolk, August - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) about to pluck fly from surface of pool, Cley, Norfolk, August
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) displaying on lek at dawn, Sandhills, Nebraska, USA April - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) displaying on lek at dawn, Sandhills, Nebraska, USA April
Looking down on Tawny Owl {Strix aluco} perched in tree, Kent, UK. Captive. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Looking down on Tawny Owl {Strix aluco} perched in tree, Kent, UK. Captive.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) catching trout, Rothiemurchus Fish Farm, Speyside, Scotland, July - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) catching trout, Rothiemurchus Fish Farm, Speyside, Scotland, July
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) on a bare field, Norfolk, England, UK, April. Did you know? Partridges have the largest number of eggs in a clutch of any bird species, the highest number recorded being... - David Tipling / 2020VISION
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David Tipling / 2020VISION / Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) on a bare field, Norfolk, England, UK, April. Did you know? Partridges have the largest number of eggs in a clutch of any bird species, the highest number recorded being...
Wandering Albatross (Diomeda exulans) portrait, off Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wandering Albatross (Diomeda exulans) portrait, off Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) fighting over a penguin carcass, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) fighting over a penguin carcass, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) taking off at dawn Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, USA, winter - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) taking off at dawn Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, USA, winter
Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelicanus crispus) being fed by fisherman at Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece, February - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelicanus crispus) being fed by fisherman at Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece, February
Lesser Flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} Lake Nakuru, Rift Valley, Kenya. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Lesser Flamingos {Phoeniconaias minor} Lake Nakuru, Rift Valley, Kenya.
Two immature Spectacled Owls {Pulsatrix perspicillata / chapmani} perching in tree, Gamboa, Panama. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Two immature Spectacled Owls {Pulsatrix perspicillata / chapmani} perching in tree, Gamboa, Panama.
Sandhill cranes {Grus canadensis} at sunrise, Bosque del Apache, NM, USA 2006 - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Sandhill cranes {Grus canadensis} at sunrise, Bosque del Apache, NM, USA 2006
Large flock of Knot {Calidris canutus}, adults and juveniles, at high tide roost on island in gravel pit at Snettisham RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, UK, August - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Large flock of Knot {Calidris canutus}, adults and juveniles, at high tide roost on island in gravel pit at Snettisham RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, UK, August
Bullfinch male perched {Pyrrhula pyrrhula} - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Bullfinch male perched {Pyrrhula pyrrhula}
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) with minnow Worcestershire, UK August - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) with minnow Worcestershire, UK August
Eider duck abstract {Somateria mollissima} ducks and drakes, Northumberland. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Eider duck abstract {Somateria mollissima} ducks and drakes, Northumberland.
Blue headed parrots (Pionus menstruus) at clay lick (a few orange cheeked parrots also present). Manu, Peru, South America - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Blue headed parrots (Pionus menstruus) at clay lick (a few orange cheeked parrots also present). Manu, Peru, South America
Feather detail of Scarlet Macaw {Ara macao} Guatemala - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Feather detail of Scarlet Macaw {Ara macao} Guatemala
Red-breasted Geese {Branta ruficollis} Duranulak, Bulgaria. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Red-breasted Geese {Branta ruficollis} Duranulak, Bulgaria.
Black Cock / Grouse {Tetrao tetrix} fighting on lek in snow, Finland. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black Cock / Grouse {Tetrao tetrix} fighting on lek in snow, Finland.
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