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21st of November 2014 – Species Spotlight Black Swan

This week we take the chance to look at a species that has recently returned to the park   Black Swan Cygnus atratus   We recently took delivery of a young pair of Black Swan from WWT Martin Mere having lost our remaining male at the start of the year....

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14th of November 2014 – Species Spotlight Masked Plover

A short blog this week as I have had the week off   Whilst I have been away we have seen the arrival of this weeks spotlight subject   Masked Plover Vanellus miles Also known as the Masked Lapwing and Spur Winged Plover, they are native to Australia & New...

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7th of November 2014 – Species Spotlight Edward’s Pheasant

This week we saw more new arrivals into the park, one of them is subject of this weeks spotlight   Edward's Pheasant Lophura edwardsi   Endemic to the rainforests of Vietnam, the Edward's Pheasant is one of the rarest birds we keep here at Birdland.  They are critically endangered and...

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31st of October 2014 – Species Spotlight Lilac Breasted Roller

Apologies for the lack of blog last week, very busy with penguin chicks, new humboldts, health and safety & new birds.  One of the new birds is the subject of this weeks blog   Lilac Breasted Roller Coracias caudatus Rollers are a member of the Hornbill family, closely related to...

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King Penguin Chick photos, live webcam & video link

Here are some of the latest photos:         Proud parents The tiny chick finally hatched out of its palm-sized egg after an anxious two-month incubation, with keepers on hand to assist the bird to break out of the egg if necessary. King penguins only produce one egg,...

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17th of October 2014 – Species Spotlight King Penguin Chick 2

This week we have been thrilled to announce the arrival of a second King Penguin chick and I thought I would take the chance this week to blog about him/her   Chick number hatched on the 29th of September.  This was egg number 5 and the second from Frank &...

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10th of October 2014 Species Spotlight – Tawny Frogmouth

This week we look at one of the more unusual looking members of the park Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Tawny Frogmouths are found throughout Australia, including Tasmania.  They are closely related to the Nightjar, found here in the UK.  There are 3 species of Frogmouth and the Tawny is Near...

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5th of October 2014 – Species Spotlight Nicobar Pigeon

This weeks spotlight is a couple of days late - apologies for that, we have been very busy hand rearing the penguin chick.  This week we turn our attention to   Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica Nicobars are native to a group of small islands and coastal regions of Asia, mainly...

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Halloween Myths & Legends

You will be able to let your imagination fly away with you during a special Halloween-themed ‘Myths and Legends’ event at Birdland during the October Half Term Holidays. From Ancient Egypt to Alfred Hitchcock, birds have always held a spooky fascination spawning many myths and legends down through the centuries. Discover why owls...

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26th of September 2014 – Species Spotlight Southern Ground Hornbill

This week we spotlight   Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri   The largest of the Hornbills, Southern Ground Hornbills are one of two members of the Ground Hornbill family, the other being the Abyssian Ground Hornbill which we also keep. They are found in open grassland, savannahs & woodlands of...

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