Spotted flycatchers hunt from conspicuous perches, making sallies after passing flying insects, and often returning to the same perch. Their upright posture is characteristic.

Most passerines moult their primary flight feathers in sequence beginning near the body and proceeding outwards along the wing.

The spotted flycatcher is unusual in replacing the outer flight feathers before those nearer the body. The flycatcher’s call is a thin, drawn out soft and high pitched tssssseeeeeppppp, slightly descending in pitch. (Extract from Wikipedia)

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Supermarine Spitfire T.IX "ML407"

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force throughout the Second World War. The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944.

Very expensive to fly.

It is now owned and flown by Carolyn Grace, the only practising female Spitfire pilot in the world. During the summer months, she spends every weekend taking part in aerobatic displays across the country.

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The Spitfire costs about £5,000 an hour to fly and Grace fly’s it about 70 hours a year; the engine overhaul alone costs £120,000 and has to be carried out every four years or so.

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The Common Redshank

Brownish all over, with a paler belly, the Redshank is one of only two waders that has bright red legs; the Spotted Redshank also has red legs, but is larger, with longer legs and a longer bill. The Redshank has a straight bill, which is red at the base and black at the end. When it flies, it shows a white triangular wedge up its back and a wide, white triangle on its rear.

A Large Sandpiper

The Redshank is a large sandpiper with long, bright red legs. It is a typical wader, feeding in shallow water around lakes, marshes, mudflats and coastal wetlands. It breeds on open marshes, mires and saltmarshes, particularly in Scotland and northern England. Look for it typically posed on top of a post, fence or rock in wet grassland or farmland areas.

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Widespread, but breeding birds are especially prevalent in Scotland and Northern England. Wintering birds can be seen in large numbers around estuaries and coastal wetlands.

Large numbers of Redshank fly here from Iceland to spend the winter around our coasts.

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This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male. The typical contact call is a loud, shrill “pee-wit” from which they get their other name of peewit. Displaying males usually make a wheezy “pee-wit, wit wit, eeze wit” during their display flight. It feeds primarily on insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in mixed flocks with golden plovers and black-headed gulls. (Extract from Wikipedia)

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