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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2013/14

Siskin Siskin, Abingdon Sewage Works

1 February 2014

Taken on a probably successful search for the Siberian Chiffchaffs that have been reported here recently!

There were definitely at least 6 ordinary Chiffchaffs along the northern perimeter track, and in the south-west corner of the adjacent sports field. One greyer individual that looked a good candidate for a Siberian, but I couldn't be sure - I didn't hear any convincing calls.
Stonechat Stonechat, Otmoor

25 January 2014

For  a change, there were masses of birds on Otmoor today but most were very distant.

Three moderately obliging Stonechats near the hide were a welcome exception. Of these, the male was the more photogenic but also the wariest.
Stonechat Stonechat, Otmoor

25 January 2014

See above. This less impressive bird was of course tamer, and easier to approach.
Falcated Duck Falcated Duck, Dix Pit, Stanton Harcourt

22 December 2013

Thanks to a timely text from Badger, I was able to get to Dix Pit just as a few others were arriving for this bird, which showed shortly well to the left of the viewing area by the re-cycling centre.

It was quite wary and never came close enough for a reasonable photo. This record shot was taken from back at the viewing area, which is getting more & more obscured by bushes and small trees.
Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor

2 November 2013

Generally a little too far offshore for good pics, but just once it came in closer right in front of me.

Makes a change from the standard sideways on shot!
Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor

2 November 2013

The more standard view, from the same close approach.

Great crested Grebe Great-crested Grebe, Farmoor

2 November 2013

This swam sedately past, much closer in than the Red-necked usually was.

Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

26 October 2013

This bird was having a very high success rate catching these small fish
 - almost every dive produced a catch.
Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

26 October 2013

Another fish-in-bill shot.
Slavonian Grebe Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

26 October 2013

Another shot, before the sun came out briefly. It was nice and close in to the southern edge of FII.

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Stonechat Stonechat, Otmoor

19 October

One of three near to the hide.
Kestrel Kestrel, Otmoor

19 October

An obliging juvenile on the path to the first screen. It even flew towards me and briefly hovered, but it was too quick and close for me to get onto it!
Great White Egret Great White Egret, Otmoor

19 October

A fortunate find immediately I arrived at Greenaways. It quickly moved off along the ditch into the reeds.
Great crested Grebe Great crested Grebe, Farmoor

12 October 2013

Slightly closer to the causeway than usual. 
Little Grebe Little Grebe, Otmoor

5 October 2013

Unfortunately the GW Egret had gone and this rather scrawny bird, from the first screen, wasn't much compensation!
Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

4 October 2013

A nice confiding bird!

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Whinchat Whinchat, Lark Hill, Wantage

7 September 2013

One of two at this migration "hotspot" - following the Wryneck last weekend!
Common Tern Common Tern, Farmoor

7 September 2013

This juvenile was flying around the causeway being extremely vocal.
Dunlin
Dunlin, Farmoor

7 September 2013

A quiet day with only a small party of 6 Dunlin along the causeway. There is however no concrete visibile on this photo!

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Dunlin Dunlin, Farmoor

7 September 2013

A close up view as this bird more than filled the frame.

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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