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British wildlife in November: purple sandpiper⁣ ⁣ Clinging to seaweedy rocks just centimetres from the spume, as pounding waves crash around them, purple sandpipers have a good claim to be some of the toughest of all shorebirds.⁣ ⁣ They spend the autumn and winter on Britain and Ireland’s most exposed coasts, braving whatever storms throw at them. ⁣ ⁣ Breakwaters, piers and jetties suit them too, but you’ll never see them on more sheltered mudflats and salt-marshes where most other wading birds are. They’re in their element amid the foam and spray.⁣ ⁣ Purple sandpipers are really warm grey, at least in non-breeding plumage. Any purplish sheen to their plumage is subtle, and most noticeable in spring and summer, which they spend on tundra and mountains in Iceland, Scandinavia and across the Arctic. ⁣ ⁣ Look for small groups of these tough cookies hunting marine snails and other invertebrates among the wet seaweed, flicking over the fronds to find their prey.⁣ ⁣ Discover other wildlife to look out for this month on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 📷 Oliver Smart⁣ ⁣⁣ #Wildlife #Autumn #November #PurpleSandpiper #Wader #Shorebird #Birds #Migration
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Photo of the Day: A ground crab spider (Xysticus sp) in the UK, by @naturehawk ⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #GroundCrabSpider #CrabSpider #Spider #Xysticus #Arachnid #UK #UnitedKingdom
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Photo of the Day: A non-breeding pheasant-tailed jacana adult in Basai, India, by Gautam Kashyap. ⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #PheasantTailedJacana #Jacana #Birds #Basai #India
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Photo of the Day: A male Mandarin duck in the UK, by James Gregory. ⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #MandarinDuck #Ducks #Birds #UK #UnitedKingdom
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Photo of the Day: A spotted hyena in the Serengeti, Tanzania, by Bownaan Kamal.⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #SpottedHyena #Hyena #Hyaena #Mammals #Serengeti #Tanzania
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Photo of the Day: A mute swan in Hampshire, England, UK, by Kym⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #MuteSwan #Swans #Birds #Hampshire #England #UK #UnitedKingdom
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Photo of the Day: A starling in the UK, by Linda McD.⁣ ⁣ To submit an image to our Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD⠀⁣ Find out more about our Photo of the Day, and our print photography competition, in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #Starling #Birds #UK #UnitedKingdom
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British wildlife in November: spindle berries⁣ ⁣ For most of the year, this small native tree is not much to look at. It is easily overlooked in hedges and scrubby woodland, unnoticed among the more obvious and straightforwardly identified trees such as hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple and ash. ⁣ ⁣ In autumn, however, spindle comes into its own. Its foliage turns a deep red, but the real attraction is its beautiful fruit.⁣ ⁣ Spindle berries are bubblegum-pink, a lipstick shade that seems almost shockingly bright in an autumnal British hedgerow. Each berry has four lobes, which when ripe burst open to reveal an orange ‘seed’. ⁣ ⁣ Strictly speaking, the real seed is hidden inside: the orange part is a soft covering known as an aril. Botanical technicalities aside, the orange-pink colour clash is spectacular. ⁣ ⁣ A few birds, such as blackbirds and robins, adore eating the berries, but they take care to reject or bring up the poisonous seeds.⁣ ⁣ Discover other wildlife to look out for this month on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 📷 David Chapman⁣ ⁣⁣ #Wildlife #Autumn #November #Spindle #Trees #Berries
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Photo of the Day: A leopard in Jhalana, Rajasthan in India, by Atanu Chakraborty.⁣ ⁣ If you would like your image to be considered for Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Find out more in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #Leopard #BigCat #Cats #Mammals #Jhalana #Rajasthan #India
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Photo of the Day: A short-eared owl hunting in Portugal by @sgrphotography ⁣ ⁣ If you would like your image to be considered for Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Find out more in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #ShortEaredOwl #Owl #BirdsOfPrey #Birds #Portugal
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Photo of the Day: A dhole (also known as Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog or whistling dog) in Nagarhole National Park, India, by @supriya_tigress ⁣ ⁣ If you would like your image to be considered for Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Find out more in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #Dhole #AsiaticWildDog #IndianWildDog #WildDog #WhistlingDog #Dogs #Canids #Mammals #NagarholeNationalPark #India
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Photo of the Day: A striated laughingthrush in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, by Chandrakala Rathnam.⁣ ⁣ If you would like your image to be considered for Photo of the Day, use the hashtag: #BBCWildlifePOTD ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Find out more in the Contact Us section on our website: discoverwildlife.com (link in bio)⁣ ⁣ #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #POTD #PhotoOfTheDay #StriatedLaughingThrush #LaughingThrush #Thrush #Birds #Darjeeling #WestBengal #India
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