Pompadour Cotinga

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Welcome to my website on birding and dragonflies in Oxfordshire, the UK and overseas



Much of my birding (and bird photography) is done in my home county of Oxfordshire. After birding in this county for many years, I first acquired a digital camera in 2003 for digiscoping. In 2006, in search of higher quality results, I upgraded to a DSLR & 400mm lens, with some further upgrades more recently.

I also venture further afield from time to time, including both elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Holidays can provide good opportunities, and I often try to make the most of various business trips if at all promising in terms of locality and time of year.

In the summer months, when bird activity wanes, dragonfly and damselfly photography is also a strong interest.

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Tall Birder Blog
Lake Kerkini, North East Greece trip report

For a report on a memorable trip to Lake Kerkini in North East Greece in April 2016 click here. Highlights included  Dalmatian Pelican, White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant and Grey-headed Woodpecker.

  • White Pelican
  • White Pelican
  • White Pelican
  • Dalmatian Pelican
  • Spoonbill
  • Bee Eater

Top Thirty Gallery

Click here for my gallery of top thirty photographs.

Bird Photographs - Latest Additions

Oxon pics Little Stint Farmoor NEW  
Common Tern Pit 60
Cranes Otmoor  
Spotted Flycatcher Childrey
UK pics Long-tailed Tit West Canvey Island Marshes, Essex NEW  
Puffins etc Farne Islands, Northumberland

Recent trip Reports

An extremely bird-filled trip to Brazil in April 2004 prompted me to write a trip report, with some of my pics taken, including a reasonable one of an exotic Pompadour Cotinga. I've now added a few more! Links to a selection are given below:


Latest Dragonfly pics Southern Migrant Hawker Wat Tyler CP, Essex NEW
Brilliant Emerald Esher Common, Surrey
Black Darter Esher Common, Surrey
2016 Oxfordshire Dragonfly sightings
British dragon & damsel gallery
A gallery of my best British dragonfly and damselfly photos.
Dragonflies and Damselflies in Oxfordshire
See the section of my website devoted to dragonflies in Oxfordshire.
Dragonfly Photography
An illustrated page about cameras and lenses for dragonfly photography, and tips on fieldcraft etc.
More features
Butterflies - a small but growing collection of photographs.
Other Nature - see some photographs of Other Insects, Mammals, Flowers, Reptiles and even a few Fungi!
Sunsets slide show
An album with a slide show option for my sunset photos from around the world (1976-2013)! To see a simple page of the same photos click here.
Equipment Updated with EOS 7D Mark II review January 2016
Gives technical details of the equipment I use, and reviews.
Back/Front focus Chart: Improved method for finding micro AF values Updated January 2016
Describes a better way of making sure you can forget about front focus/back focus errors.
Measurements of raw image NOISE levels
Compares quantitatively the noise levels on raw images from these CANON DSLR's: EOS 350D, 40D, 50D, 7D and 7D Mk II cameras and discusses arising implications for higher quality photographs.
Measurements of image RESOLUTION
Describes an investigation into the detail resolutions achieved with images from two 400mm lenses and the EOS 350D, and 50D cameras.
Photoshop & beyond Describes some personal tips on processing digital camera images, using various software tools including PhotoShop Elements and NEAT IMAGE for noise suppression.
DLSR Sensor Cleaning
Describes my experiences with DSLR sensor cleaning.
Lettice Ramsey
My grandmother - obituaries and her photographs of the famous in Cambridge from the 1930's and later.
All pictures on this website are copyright Stephen Burch.
White necked Jacobin
Orange Winged Parrot
Yellow eyed Penguin
Wandering Albatross
Houbara Bustard
Red Tailed Tropicbird Hawaii 2006 (DSLR)
Red throated Diver
Black necked Grebe
Black Grouse
Pectoral Sandpiper
Glossy Ibis
Green Heron
Snipe, Oxfordshire, Feb 2009Short-eared Owl

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