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Gerard Manley Hopkins Poem read by Chris Packham for National Poetry Day

The Windhover: To Christ our Lord by Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Chris Packham  

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Skylark

This is a short video animation of me reading my poem, Skylark. The poem is in ‘Inking Bitterns’, an anthology edited and fully and beautifully illustrated by Dru Marland, only available from Gert Macky.  

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Y is for Yellow Tit

This wonderful photo of the yellow tit was taken by John&Fish. . Yellow Tit . A small bird with soaring crest black top, lemon breast, . some birds lift hearts this is one, sings a song shines the sun. . .© Liz Brownlee . This little bird is found in the central mountain ranges of Taiwan, living on …

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X is for Xantu’s Murrelet

This image from Wiki shows the size of a Xantu’s murrelet (recently renamed Scripp’s murrelet) when it leaves the nest and plunges into the ocean at fewer than 48 hours old, having not been fed, and without being able to fly. It is about 5 inches long: Uniquely, from this moment forward this little chick spends it’s …

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T is for Tricoloured Blackbird

This is rather a gorgeous-looking bird from North America – here is a male in a photo by Alan Vernon: The tricoloured blackbird is not related in any way to the Old World blackbirds found in the British Isles, which are a type of thrush. This bird is a little smaller, and its feathers glossier. It …

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R is for Robin

This beautiful image of a UK robin redbreast was taken by Ross Elliott on Flikr. The robin is my favourite British bird. They are so round and cheerful, with such a wonderfully jaunty carriage as they hop and bounce around the garden. They tilt their heads and look straight at you with their bright, black, …

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H is for Hummingbird

As you know, I love animals, and among animals, I have a soft spot for birds. If you’d like to know why, see G for Grizelda Greenfinch, in 2013’s A-Z Challenge. If I see a post on Facebook about birds, I take notice. When I saw this bird, from La Bioguia’s page, I just had to write a …

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P is for Pelican

Pelican photo by Richard Taylor on Flikr. . . The name pelican derives from an Ancient Greek word, which itself came from a word meaning ‘axe’. Despite having the biggest beak, up to 1.6 feet, and being the heaviest birds to fly, pelicans are remarkably graceful in the air. They have air bubbles in their …

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N is for Night Heron

Night Heron photo by Paruula on Flikr. . Black-crowned night herons do not look quite like other herons, they have the typical hunched posture, but with shorter necks and legs, which makes their body look stockier.  However when they hunt they extend their neck and look more heron-like. They have a black shadow on their heads …

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K is for Kingfisher

. . The kingfisher’s feather pigments are actually brown… the colours of  blue, red and green are really iridescence, caused between different wavelengths of light interfering with each other. This is why it never looks the same colour from moment to moment, and why its feathers shine. Kingfishers are our brightest birds in the UK, …

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