Bill and Beak!!

I am often asked what is the difference between a Beak and a Bill. Well the answer is easy there is no difference other than sometimes the Bill is referred to hook Bills.

No bird has teeth but Swans and Ducks have ridges running along the edge of the Bill acting as seives for straining vegetable matter.

Look closely at the ridges on the Bill.

Bills are equivalent to our lips.

When ducks are searching for food, nonfood items such as mud and water can be expelled while seeds, bugs, or other food items are retained by the lamellae. The top part of the waterfowl bill is called the upper mandible, and the bottom part, the lower mandible.

Hawks Owls and birds of prey have sheep Hook beaks for biting the neck of prey and taring flesh.

So I have showed some different shaped beaks and bills but there are thousands of all different shaos colours and sizes. Let’s have a look at some more birds with different beaks and bills.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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