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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2010/11

Common (Mealy) Redpoll, Milcombe, near Banbury

18 February 2011

This is the so called "super Mealy". Normally I avoid feeder shots at all costs, but there was no alternative with this bird. Note the heavy streaking on the side of the breast.

Common (Mealy) Redpoll, Milcombe, near Banbury

18 February 2011

Another view of this interesting bird, showing the streaking on both sides of the breast, and the dark patch on the under tail coverts. These features apparently rule out Arctic Redpoll, which this bird's overall very pale plumage suggests.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Milcombe, near Banbury

18 February 2011

Taken while looking for Redpoll. This bird was remarkably approachable.

Oriental (Rufous) Turtle Dove, Chipping Norton

18 February 2011

I couldn't resist the lure of this bird any longer! Views today for those outside of the houses were generally poor and fairly distant in awful light. This record shot is the best I could do in the circumstances.

Many thanks to the owners of number 33, The Leys for allowing full access to their garden.

Pheasant, Pinkhill, Farmoor Reservoir.

29 January 2011

A very quiet, bitterly cold and dull day at Farmoor! Reduced to Pheasant "shooting"!

Little Egret, Witney Lake.

22 January 2011

Obligingly quite close to the main dog walker infested track!

Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe, Witney Lake.

22 January 2011

Managed to get closer than last week (see below), and the light was a bit better.

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Siskin, Witney Lake.

15 January 2011

These were quite obliging in lowish trees by the footpath, but the poor light and numerous dog walkers didn't help!

Slavonian Grebe, Witney Lake.

15 January 2011

Pretty poor photographic conditions today - windy with dreadful light. This bird never came very close, so this was the best I could do. Doesn't compare too well with my summer plumaged shots from Sweden.

Redwing Redwing, Home.

24 December 2010

The cold weather brought us Redwings in the garden this winter, whereas in January there had been a Fieldfare in the snow. Again good to be able to get a shot from the comfort of the dining room!

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Waxwing Waxwing, Botley, Oxford

5 December 2010

Back again on Sunday for another try...

This was my only reasonable shot with a blue sky and the sun (almost) out - taken after the fog had cleared and just before I had to go.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Botley, Oxford

5 December 2010

No sequence of Waxwing pics should be without one with a berry in the bill!

These birds were fortunately rather partial to these yellow berries in a small bush.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Botley, Oxford

4 December 2010

To my great relief these splendid birds had stayed until the weekend when us workers are able to get out with their cameras!

This was taken during a brief glimmer of sun during the otherwise very dull conditions on Saturday.

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Waxwing, Botley, Oxford

4 December 2010

Showing the waxy bits.

Grey Partridge, Churn

28 November 2010

In the icy conditions today, taken from the warmth and comfort of my car!

Sanderling Sanderling, Farmoor

20 November 2010

The GND was way out in the middle, so no chance of any worthwhile DSLR photography. This Sanderling was more obliging, in the dank conditions.

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Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs, Port Meadow

30 October 2010

No apologies for another shot of this rarity!

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Ruff Ruff, Port Meadow

30 October 2010

This is a juvenile and the most obliging of the three larger waders currently on Port Meadow. Note the contrast with the adult below.

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Ruff Ruff, Port Meadow

23 October 2010

This adult bird is to be found with the Yellowlegs at times.

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Port Meadow

23 October 2010

Another 'attack' on this excellent bird. - it has changed its habits and become more accessible.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Port Meadow

23 October 2010

See above. In an alarmed state, caused by guess who!

Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, Port Meadow

16 October 2010

These two birds went right overhead providing a brief diversion from the distant Yellowlegs - see below.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Port Meadow

16 October 2010

This bird spent most of its time way over on the far side - well out of DSLR reach, but just once early on it appeared briefly on the near side. Still too distant so that this photo had to be heavily cropped, but at least the light was superb.


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