A Grey Heron in Europe, a Great Blue Heron in North America. With slow and deep wingbeats the heron winged over me and circled over the river before landing on the wharf.
A Coot in Europe and American Coot in North America.
A gaggle of Mute Swans. They were quiet. A man was feeding them along the Main in Frankfurt. The Black-headed Gulls got their share too. There was a solitary female Teal mixed in with the Gulls and Swans.
Wood Pigeons are the largest in the pigeon family, and compared to the regular-sized pigeon in the lower left, are clearly large. Perhaps four times the volume? Wow! A first.
We were in a park behind the Miro Museum in Barcelona. The bird was so large that my first thought was a raptor.
Black-headed Gulls are common in Europe. By the coast, along the rivers, and in the cities.
This is a first year gull. The black heads will appear next spring when the red proximal beak will offer a stark contrast.
This Moorhen swam along the wharf in one direction and then hopped onto the wharf and walked back in the opposite direction.
The bird was on a mission, as oblivious too my presence, as I was to where he was going.
I saw two paraqueets in Europe in November. The first in Brussels was in the gardens outside the Royal Palace. I saw the typical bullet flight but thought the sighting of a parrot at that time of the year to be improbable. Then I heard the squawking. I tracked the birds down and patiently waited until they came into view. A Rose-ringed Paraqueet.