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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

Barn Owl
Barn Owl, Downs

17 February 2013

My first perched Barn Owl pic - just about sharp enough, but it was taken very much into the light. I just need a better one now...
Kingfisher
Kingfisher, Letcombe Bassett

17 February 2013

A lucky shot as this bird actually flew towards where I was waiting and perched not too far away! As ever, could have been closer - this is highly cropped, but the moss on the branch adds something to the composition.
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk, Shellingford Pit

19 January 2013

This bird suddenly appeared quite close just as I was leaving, having seen an impressive flock of about 50 Snipe.

Some reward for venturing out in the snow! This site also worked for me on a similarly snowy but much brighter Saturday, back in 2009.

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Smew
Male Smew, Dix Pit

5 January 2013

It was quite a surprise to suddenly see two of these splendid male birds in flight over Dix pit. Fortunately they settled and stayed for a couple of hours, but were always distant and very wary.
Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

5 January 2013

I have been after a pic of one of the Farmoor Slavs for some time, and I finally got close enough today!
Long tailed Duck
Long tailed Duck, Baulking

15 December 2012

A distant but very smart bird. Adults are very rare in Oxon - we usually only get immatures.

I am now back in Oxon after a great 3 week holiday in New Zealand - a trip report will appear in due course!
Scaup

Scaup, Farmoor

10 November 2012

Reasonably close in to the causeway on the F1 side. No doubt about the ID of this one - a nice well marked bird - presumably the adult female?
Wheatear

Wheatear, Farmoor

22 September 2012

A very obliging bird on the eastern side of F1 - near the treatment works.

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