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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2015/16

Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

5 March 2016

Having spent some considerable time waiting in vain for the Bittern to show from the excellent new Pinkhill Hide, on my return I was pleased to find these two long staying birds on F1 close in to the causeway.

They were calling and interacting more than previously - and this photo didn't take long. Remarkably, both birds were almost equidistant and are hence both in focus - normally difficult for 2 birds at once.

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Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

28 December 2015

With the prospect of some rare sun today, I couldn't resist the temptation of returning to Farmoor for the Great Northern Diver "flock" (now grown to at least 3 birds)!

The 2 juveniles were coming close in to the north east corner of FII and this one more than filled the frame!

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Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

28 December 2015

As above, but slightly further away.

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Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

28 December 2015

This is the adult which was generally keeping further out.
Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

28 December 2015

This photo was taken shortly after sunrise which has produced this unusual lighting on the water, with just enough illumination on the bird to show its dark red eye.
Grey Phalaropes Grey Phalaropes, Farmoor

5 December 2015

It is unprecedented to have two Grey Phalaropes at once in Oxon, so I headed off to see them after the GND photo session below. My aim was to try & get both birds in the same photo, both sharp and well posed. A difficult objective in the rough conditions and this was the best I came away with.
Grey Phalarope Grey Phalaropes, Farmoor

5 December 2015

One of the birds on its own in the rough water. The angle is about right - I don't think the camera was tilted that much!
Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

5 December 2015

With the gale today, I was hoping this bird would seek the shelter of the southern/western shore of F2, but it only did this a very limited extent - spending most of its time well off the bank. Very dull conditions as well didn't help! 

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Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

5 December 2015

Another shot - slightly closer in, but even poorer light!

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Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor

28 November 2015

Amazingly this bird had stayed all week and the forecast for early Saturday morning wasn't as dire as for the rest of the weekend.

This was not an easy bird to photo though. Out of 600+ shots, these three are the only ones worth showing!

By the time of this photo, the early morning sun had largely disappeared.
Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor

28 November 2015

Off the causeway, and very close!

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Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor

28 November 2015

Early on there was some lovely low sun but I only managed a few relatively distant shots. This is the sharpest of the bunch.
Black necked Grebe Black necked Grebe, Baulking Fullers Earth Pit

30 October 2015

I was pleased to find these birds still present despite it being almost a week since they had last been reported.

Unlike the Red-necked Grebe (below) these birds were keeping considerably further away. Also the light wasn't favourable.
Black necked Grebe Black necked Grebe, Baulking Fullers Earth Pit

30 October 2015

From time to time they were displaying in the warm early afternoon sunshine - maybe it made them think of spring!
Black necked Grebe Black necked Grebe, Baulking Fullers Earth Pit

30 October 2015

Both birds also briefly performed a form of weed carrying/exchange display.
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

3 October 2015

This is surely the same bird that has been gracing Farmoor for the last two spring and autumns!

Here it was again in its favourite place - along the west side of F2, but much less showy than in its summer plumage.

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

3 October 2015

As well as actively fishing quite close in to the bank, it was also taking flies off the water!

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