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2020VISION photographers covered many of the UK's iconic bird species in the course of working on their individual missions. In Scotland, capercaillie, ptarmigan and black grouse feature strongly, as well as white-tailed sea eagles and hen harriers. Britain is internationally important for its populations of breeding seabirds and wintering wildfowl and waders. Many farmland birds, such as skylarks, corn buntings and grey partridges have been badly affected by modern agricultural methods, while summer migrants such as swallows, wood warblers and cuckoos are vulnerable during their long flight south to their wintering quarters.

RF- Mute swan (Cygnus olor) close up peering at camera, juvenile. Fife, Scotland, UK, November. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Peter  Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / RF- Mute swan (Cygnus olor) close up peering at camera, juvenile. Fife, Scotland, UK, November. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) four on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate.  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) four on water in winter dawn mist, Loch Insh, Cairngorms NP, Highlands, Scotland UK, December. 2020VISION Exhibition. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Silhouette of Razorbill (Alca torda) against sunset. June 2010.  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Silhouette of Razorbill (Alca torda) against sunset. June 2010.
Pair of Gannets (Morus bassanus) mutual preening, Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, June. Photographer quote: 'I never get tired of watching gannets. This pair who momentarily lined up in perfe...  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Pair of Gannets (Morus bassanus) mutual preening, Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, UK, June. Photographer quote: 'I never get tired of watching gannets. This pair who momentarily lined up in perfe...
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) amongst visitors in  Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011. Photographer quote: 'It was fascinating to watch public reaction to the large numbers of herons in Londons parks...  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) amongst visitors in Regent's Park, London, UK, April 2011. Photographer quote: 'It was fascinating to watch public reaction to the large numbers of herons in Londons parks...
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) portrait, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) portrait, River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010
Two Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) squabbling over fish fed to them by visitors,River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Two Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) squabbling over fish fed to them by visitors,River Tame, Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK, December 2010
Sunrise over coastal mudflats with Shelduck feeding (Tadorna tadorna), Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve, Bowness, Solway Firth, Cumbria, UK, April 2011  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Sunrise over coastal mudflats with Shelduck feeding (Tadorna tadorna), Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve, Bowness, Solway Firth, Cumbria, UK, April 2011
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) in mist on grazing marsh at dawn, Thames Estuary, Elmley Marshes RSPB reserve, North Kent, UK, April 2011  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) in mist on grazing marsh at dawn, Thames Estuary, Elmley Marshes RSPB reserve, North Kent, UK, April 2011
Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) female hovering over moorland, Glen Tanar Estate, Deeside, Scotland, UK, June. Photographer quote: ^I'd been in the hide for over 5 hours when I heard the distant call of...  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) female hovering over moorland, Glen Tanar Estate, Deeside, Scotland, UK, June. Photographer quote: ^I'd been in the hide for over 5 hours when I heard the distant call of...
Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) in flight, fishing at dawn, Rothiemurchus forest, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) with food for young, Brecon Beacons NP, Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Dippers feed whilst walking underwater, and can stay underwater for up to 30 seconds.  -  Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) with food for young, Brecon Beacons NP, Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Dippers feed whilst walking underwater, and can stay underwater for up to 30 seconds.
Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Heather twig, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.  -  Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) perched on Heather twig, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, UK, July. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) at nest feeding 12 day Cuckoo chick (Cuculus canorus), Fenland, Norfolk, UK, May  -  David Tipling / 2020VISION
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David Tipling / 2020VISION / Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) at nest feeding 12 day Cuckoo chick (Cuculus canorus), Fenland, Norfolk, UK, May
Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) coming in to roost at Shapwick, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK. Photographer quote: 'Several million starlings roost on the Somerset Levels during the winter month...  -  Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION
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Guy Edwardes / 2020VISION / Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) coming in to roost at Shapwick, Somerset Levels, Somerset, England, UK. Photographer quote: 'Several million starlings roost on the Somerset Levels during the winter month...
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) adult in breeding plumage, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Lapwings are able to run just moments after hatching.  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) adult in breeding plumage, Scotland, UK, June. Did you know? Lapwings are able to run just moments after hatching.
Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult on nest amongst cotton grass, Flow Country, Highland, Scotland, UK, June  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult on nest amongst cotton grass, Flow Country, Highland, Scotland, UK, June
Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult calling on breeding loch, Flow Country, Highland, Scotland, UK, June,  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Red-throated diver (Gavia stellata) adult calling on breeding loch, Flow Country, Highland, Scotland, UK, June,
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males displaying flutter jump at lek, Cairngorms NP, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April. Did you know? Adult grouse are mostly vegetarian, but their young primarily eat insects...  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) males displaying flutter jump at lek, Cairngorms NP, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April. Did you know? Adult grouse are mostly vegetarian, but their young primarily eat insects...
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) female at lek,  Cairngorms NP, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) female at lek, Cairngorms NP, Grampian, Scotland, UK, April
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) perched on fencepost, RSPB Balranald nature reserve, North Uist, Western Isles / Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, May. Did you know? The tip of a snipes beak contains nerve e...  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) perched on fencepost, RSPB Balranald nature reserve, North Uist, Western Isles / Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, May. Did you know? The tip of a snipes beak contains nerve e...
Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) adult male in flight, backlit, Norfolk, UK, April  -  Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus) adult male in flight, backlit, Norfolk, UK, April
Common guillemot (Uria aalge) swimming underwater, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July  -  Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Common guillemot (Uria aalge) swimming underwater, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July
White-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 5 week chick feeding on prey in nest in Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris), Beinn Eighe NNR, Highlands, NW Scotland, UK, June  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / White-tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 5 week chick feeding on prey in nest in Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris), Beinn Eighe NNR, Highlands, NW Scotland, UK, June
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) on water with outer London buildings in the background, Rainham Marsh RSPB Reserve, Thames Futurescapes Project, Essex, UK, January 2011  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) on water with outer London buildings in the background, Rainham Marsh RSPB Reserve, Thames Futurescapes Project, Essex, UK, January 2011
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.  -  Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) pair of adults during part of their elaborate courtship ritual during the very last few rays of evening sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, March.
Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult emerges from a thick mist into dawn sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, April. 2020VISION Book Plate.  -  Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION
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Andrew Parkinson / 2020VISION / Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) adult emerges from a thick mist into dawn sunlight, Derbyshire, UK, April. 2020VISION Book Plate.
Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) male perched, singing, Wales, UK, May  -  Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Dartford warbler (Sylvia undata) male perched, singing, Wales, UK, May
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) close-up portrait in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, February  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) close-up portrait in winter plumage, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, February
Lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus), Herring gulls (Larus argentatus), Black-headed gulls (Larus ridibundus) and Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding on landfill site, Pitsea, Essex, England, UK,...  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus), Herring gulls (Larus argentatus), Black-headed gulls (Larus ridibundus) and Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) feeding on landfill site, Pitsea, Essex, England, UK,...
Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) hunting over farmland, with Burnham-on-Crouch in background, Wallasea Wild Coast Project, RSPB Greater Thames Futurescapes Project, Wallasea Island, Essex, England, UK,...  -  Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION
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Terry Whittaker / 2020VISION / Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) hunting over farmland, with Burnham-on-Crouch in background, Wallasea Wild Coast Project, RSPB Greater Thames Futurescapes Project, Wallasea Island, Essex, England, UK,...
Curlew (Numenius arquata) in flight at dusk, Peak District NP, UK, March 2011. Did you know? Curlews spend their winters on estuaries and tidal flats, but move inland to fens, moors, bogs and heathlan...  -  Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Curlew (Numenius arquata) in flight at dusk, Peak District NP, UK, March 2011. Did you know? Curlews spend their winters on estuaries and tidal flats, but move inland to fens, moors, bogs and heathlan...
Wheatear, (Oenanthe oenanthe) perched on gritstone rock amongst flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? The wheatear is only in the UK during summer months  the...  -  Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Wheatear, (Oenanthe oenanthe) perched on gritstone rock amongst flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? The wheatear is only in the UK during summer months the...
Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) standing on gritstone boulder with flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? While the female grouse is incubating her eggs,...  -  Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) standing on gritstone boulder with flowering heather (Ericaceae sp), Peak District NP, August 2011. Did you know? While the female grouse is incubating her eggs,...
Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) on heather moorland showing habitat, Peak District National Park, UK, September. Did you know? Red grouse thrive on managed moorlands  the UK has at least 155,00...  -  Ben Hall / 2020VISION
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Ben Hall / 2020VISION / Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) on heather moorland showing habitat, Peak District National Park, UK, September. Did you know? Red grouse thrive on managed moorlands the UK has at least 155,00...
Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) adult in flight over sea, near Ardnamurchan Point, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011  -  Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION
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Chris Gomersall / 2020VISION / Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) adult in flight over sea, near Ardnamurchan Point, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, July 2011
Adult female Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) displaying with wings raised, in breeding habitat on upland plateau of Grampian mountains, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Adult female Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) displaying with wings raised, in breeding habitat on upland plateau of Grampian mountains, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK
Adult male Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) in breeding habitat on upland plateau of Grampian mountains, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, May 2011  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Adult male Eurasian dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) in breeding habitat on upland plateau of Grampian mountains, Cairngorms NP, Scotland, UK, May 2011
Two Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) adults in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Two Blue tit (Parus caeruleus) adults in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) perched on garden seat in winter, with feathers ruffled to insulate against cold, Scotland, UK, December 2010  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Male Blackbird (Turdus merula) perched on garden seat in winter, with feathers ruffled to insulate against cold, Scotland, UK, December 2010
Adult Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010. Did you know? The association of Robins with Christmas came from the postmen, known as...  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Adult Robin (Erithacus rubecula) in winter, perched on twig with frozen crab apples, Scotland, UK, December 2010. Did you know? The association of Robins with Christmas came from the postmen, known as...
Close-up head portrait of a male Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos), Scotland, UK, December 2010  -  Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Close-up head portrait of a male Mallard (Anas Platyrhynchos), Scotland, UK, December 2010
Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus), Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Wigeon (Anas penelope) and Common Teal (Anas crecca) flying over flooded marshes in winter, with a rainbow in the background, Greylak...  -  Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus), Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Wigeon (Anas penelope) and Common Teal (Anas crecca) flying over flooded marshes in winter, with a rainbow in the background, Greylak...
Tourist watching a Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK, July 2011. Did you know? When flying a Puffin can flap its wings 400 times a minute.  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Tourist watching a Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK, July 2011. Did you know? When flying a Puffin can flap its wings 400 times a minute.
Great skua (Stercorarius skua), Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK, July  -  Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Great skua (Stercorarius skua), Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK, July
Two Black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in winter plumage standing on metal platform in Regent's Park boating lake with people walking in the background, London, UK, January. Did you know?...  -  Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Two Black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in winter plumage standing on metal platform in Regent's Park boating lake with people walking in the background, London, UK, January. Did you know?...
Carrion crow (Corvus corone) foraging on lawn with woman standing in shadow and a man running in the background, St. James's Park, London, UK, January. Did you know? These clever birds have been known...  -  Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Carrion crow (Corvus corone) foraging on lawn with woman standing in shadow and a man running in the background, St. James's Park, London, UK, January. Did you know? These clever birds have been known...
Wigeon (Anas penelope) drake walking on frozen flooded marshland in winter sunshine, Greylake RSPB reserve, Somerset Levels, UK, January.  -  Nick Upton / 2020VISION
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Nick Upton / 2020VISION / Wigeon (Anas penelope) drake walking on frozen flooded marshland in winter sunshine, Greylake RSPB reserve, Somerset Levels, UK, January.
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