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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2014

Siberian Chiffchaff Siberian Chiffchaff, Abingdon Sewage Works.

14 February 2015

Rotten light today but I managed to get some shots of the tristis sub-species of Chiffchaff, in amongst several ordinary ones.
Siberian Chiffchaff Siberian Chiffchaff, Abingdon Sewage Works.

14 February 2015

A slightly sharper image than above but with more twigs around, making for a less pleasing composition.
Linnet Linnet, Otmoor

7 February 2015

There is currently a large by very wary Linnet flock coming to seed scattered around the hide. By sitting in the hide and waiting, a few eventually came close enough for pics. Although this wasn't the closest it had the best pose.

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Bullfinch Bullfinch, Otmoor

7 February 2015

The cold weather is making these birds very confiding beside the track past the car park field, but that doesn't make them easy to photograph!

They seem to spend nearly all their time in the middle of the bushes only rarely coming out into the open. The light was awful again today, so this shot is very much of a silhouette. 
Long Tailed Duck Long Tailed Duck, Pit 60 Standlake

31 January 2015

Ultimate record shot of a very distant and un-obliging duck which spent virtually all its time underwater.

I hoped it would come closer but instead it vanished completely!
Teal Teal, Shellingford Pit

17 January 2015

My first presentable shot with my new toy - an EOS 7D Mk II!! No idea if its fancy new AF system helped with this one or not. Possibly it did, but this a very cropped image.
Fieldfare Fieldfare, Harwell

13 December 2014

I was fortunate to find a cotoneaster bush full of berries somewhere were I could drive right up to it. So I spent some time trying to get winter thrush pics, preferably with berries in the bills as well.

It wasn't easy to get clean shots, and of the 800+ I took, only these 3 are worth keeping!

This one probably has the best lighting and sharpness, but no berry!

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Fieldfare Fieldfare, Harwell

13 December 2014

See above. Nice pose, but the bird was largely in partial shade but it does have a berry!
Redwing Redwing, Harwell

13 December 2014

It was pretty dull out of the sun but this was the best Redwing pic.
Corn Bunting Corn Bunting, Downs

6 December 2014

This was the second bird in DLSR range of the car that I came across - see below.
Kestrel Kestrel, Downs

6 December 2014

Went for an early morning drive in the glorious sunny conditions to see if I could find anything within camera range. This nice Kestrel was the first I came across.
Red Necked Grebe Red Necked Grebe, Farmoor

25 October 2014

Finally managed to connect with this long staying bird after several attempts - along the western shore of F1. The light was difficult though -it would have been better in the afternoon. 

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Red Necked Grebe Red Necked Grebe, Farmoor

25 October 2014

Another pic of this nice bird close in on the western edge of F1.

Note it has a pale spot just above its left eye. I'm not sure what it could be.
Little Grebe Little Grebe, Farmoor

18 October 2014

Having failed to find the Red-necked Grebe again, the sun suddenly made a weak appearance and improved the lighting on this Little Grebe, so it seemed worth a quick shot from the perimeter road, as the bird was fairly close in.
Grey Wagtail Grey Wagtail, Letcombe Bassett

21 September

I spent some time trying for shots of this bird and just as I was almost about to go it suddenly landed on this post, not too far away.

It would however have been better if it had landed on the nearer of the two available posts!
Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

6 September 2014

Very tame as usual for this species. This bird eventually paused from its frenetic feeding for a rest and a preen, which allowed this shot to be taken.

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Black tailed Godwit Black tailed Godwit, Farmoor

6 September 2014

The long staying and remarkably tame bird.

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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