Pompadour Cotinga

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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.

Australia & Singapore trip report

For a report on an amazing trip to Australia via Singapore in October 2017 click here.

  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Rainbow Beeeater
  • Rainbow Pitta
  • Regent Bowerbird
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Red-tailed Tropicbird

Top Thirty Gallery

Click here for my gallery of top thirty photographs.

Bird Photographs - Latest Additions

Oxon pics Teal, Standlake Pit 60 NEW
Great Crested Grebe, Standlake Pit 60 NEW
Kingfisher, Farmoor NEW
Common Sandpiper, Standlake Pit 60
Little Grebe, Standlake Pit 60
UK pics Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshires NEW
Tawny Owl, South Wales
Little Owl, Droitwich, Worcestershire

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:
Scotland - Aviemore & Aberdeenshire May 2019
Farne Islands July 2016
Scotland - Arran & Mull July 2014
Scotland - North-west July 2013
Eastern Europe
North East Poland May 2017
North East Greece April 2016
Western Poland & Eastern Germany May/June 2014
Southern Europe
Tenerife, February 2014
Mallorca May 2013
Northern Europe
Lapland: Northern Finland and Varanger Fjord, June 2015
Central Sweden: Lake Annsjon area, June 2010
Turkey - Antalya area, April 2015
Long haul
Sri Lanka, January/February 2019 NEW
Australia, October 2017
Texas USA, January/February 2017
Tobago and Trinidad, February 2015
Japan, December 2013
New Zealand, November/December 2012
South Africa, April 2012
Rio Grande Valley, Texas USA Nov 2007
HAWAII - Oahu, Kauai and Big Island July/August 2006
South East Brazil, Nov 2005
Brazil, April 2004

Other features

Lettice Ramsey
My grandmother - obituaries and her photographs of the famous in Cambridge from the 1930's and later
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

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