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David Tipling has travelled to various destinations in the Mediterranean to photograph the threats faced by migrant birds passing through this region, from Cyprus to Malta and Italy, in contravention of EU bird protection laws. David is fascinated by the relationships between people and birds and is working on a magnum opus on the subject, due to be published by Random House in August 2013.
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011
Seized dead birds from raid on illegal trapping operatuon by the Game Fund in Republic of Cyprus area, birds include Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus),  Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Spotted Flycatcher (Musci...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Seized dead birds from raid on illegal trapping operatuon by the Game Fund in Republic of Cyprus area, birds include Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Spotted Flycatcher (Musci...
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring trap (also known as a clap trap or sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring trap (also known as a clap trap or sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011
Black-eared Wheatear, male (Oenanthe hispanica) in spring / clap  trap illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy, April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black-eared Wheatear, male (Oenanthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy, April 2012
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring trap (also known as a clap trap or sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring trap (also known as a clap trap or sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012
Seized dead birds from raid on illegal trapping operatuon by the Game Fund in Republic of Cyprus area, birds include Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), many Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla), Spotted Flycatchers...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Seized dead birds from raid on illegal trapping operatuon by the Game Fund in Republic of Cyprus area, birds include Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), many Blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla), Spotted Flycatchers...
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) illegally trapped on limestick in olive grove in autumn Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) illegally trapped on limestick in olive grove in autumn Cyprus, September 2011
Syrian Plum used for making limesticks, to catch migratory birds for ambelopoulia a traditional dish of songbirds, Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Syrian Plum used for making limesticks, to catch migratory birds for ambelopoulia a traditional dish of songbirds, Cyprus, September 2011
BirdLife Field Officer with a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / BirdLife Field Officer with a Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds Cyprus, September 2011
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds, Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) illegally trapped on limestick for use as ambelopulia, a traditional dish of songbirds, Cyprus, September 2011
BirdLife Field Officer with limesticks found set illegally in an olive grove in autumn Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / BirdLife Field Officer with limesticks found set illegally in an olive grove in autumn Cyprus, September 2011
Martin Hellicar from Birdlife Cyprus, holding a limestrick with trapped Blackcap Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Martin Hellicar from Birdlife Cyprus, holding a limestrick with trapped Blackcap Cyprus, September 2011
Illegal trapper with limesticks on back of motorcycle going to orchard to set up Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Illegal trapper with limesticks on back of motorcycle going to orchard to set up Cyprus, September 2011
Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011
Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011
Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Ambelopoulia (meaning birds of the vineyards) small migratory birds prepared for eating (mainly Blackcaps but also Lesser Whitethroat and Great Reed Warbler) Cyprus, September 2011
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) being released from limestick by using water to make lime more soluble Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) being released from limestick by using water to make lime more soluble Cyprus, September 2011
Game Fund anti trapping team with seized trapping equipment including limesticks, sound devices and mist nets Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Game Fund anti trapping team with seized trapping equipment including limesticks, sound devices and mist nets Cyprus, September 2011
Sovereign Base Area Police at Deleleia with seized illegal trapping equipment from dawn raids, Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Sovereign Base Area Police at Deleleia with seized illegal trapping equipment from dawn raids, Cyprus, September 2011
Activist from CABS (campaign against bird slaughter) holding a Black-eared Wheatear (male) (Oenthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap, illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Activist from CABS (campaign against bird slaughter) holding a Black-eared Wheatear (male) (Oenthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap, illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy April 2012
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring / clap trap (also known as sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) migrant male caught in spring / clap trap (also known as sep trap) Ponza, Italy, April 2012
Activist from CABS (Campaign Against Bird Slaughter) holding a Black-eared Wheatear (male) (Oenthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap, illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Activist from CABS (Campaign Against Bird Slaughter) holding a Black-eared Wheatear (male) (Oenthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap, illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy April 2012
Black-eared Wheatear, male (Oenanthe hispanica) in spring / clap  trap illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy, April 2012  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black-eared Wheatear, male (Oenanthe hispanica) in spring / clap trap illegally trapped on island of Ponza, Italy, April 2012
Officer from the British Sovereign Base Police at Dekeleia Cyrus extracting an illegally trapped Great Reed Warbler from a mist net in olive grove. Bird would be used to serve as a delicacy in resaura...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Officer from the British Sovereign Base Police at Dekeleia Cyrus extracting an illegally trapped Great Reed Warbler from a mist net in olive grove. Bird would be used to serve as a delicacy in resaura...
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) cut out from a trappers illegal mist net Cyprus, September 2011  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio) cut out from a trappers illegal mist net Cyprus, September 2011
Christakis an officer from the British Sovereign Base Police at Dekeleia Cyprus, extracting an illegally trapped Blackcap from a mist net in olive grove. Bird would be used to serve as a delicacy in r...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Christakis an officer from the British Sovereign Base Police at Dekeleia Cyprus, extracting an illegally trapped Blackcap from a mist net in olive grove. Bird would be used to serve as a delicacy in r...