Friday, 30 August 2013

Feathers

I've been coming across some lovely feathers on my walks recently so started to collect them all and try to see if I can find out what bird they came from.  Being an artist, it's nice to see up close the intricate patterns on some of them. 

If I've made a mis-identification on any, please let me know.

Mute Swan - 47cm / 18" (couldn't fit it all in the scanner!)
Found along the shore at Loch Leven, Kinross-shire

Pheasant - 29cm / 11.5"
Found in the Ochil Hills
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 28cm / 11"
Found along the shore at Tayport, Fife
Black-headed Gull - 25cm / 10"
Found along the shore at Loch Leven, Kinross-shire

Wood Pigeon - 17.5cm / 7"
Found in Ochil Hills

Magpie - 17.5cm / 7"
Found in Ochil Hills
Juvenile Black-headed Gull - 7.5cm / 3"
(the pale grey hasn't shown up very well)
Found along shore at Tayport, Fife
Great Tit - 8cm / 3"
Found in my garden
Showing the scale of some of the above feathers alongside each other


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Feathers - part 2

I've collected the following feathers, but I'm not sure of the birds that they belonged to. Can anyone help? I've given sizes and where they were found.

Update 2 Sept: These have all been identified now and rather pleased with the first one!

Long-Eared Owl, secondary - 16cm / 6.5"
Found in Ochil Hills

Male Pheasant - 18cm / 7"
Found in Ochil Hills

Curlew, secondaries - 13cm / 5" 
Found along shore at Tayport, Fife

Redshank, tail feather - 7.5cm / 3"
Found along shore at Tayport, Fife
Showing the size between the above feathers.

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