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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2016/17

Goosander Goosander, Oxford University Parks

11 March 2017

The male.

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Goosander Goosander, Oxford University Parks

11 March 2017

The male.

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Goosander Goosander, Oxford University Parks

11 March 2017

An unusual picture of one out of the water?

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Goosander Goosander, Oxford University Parks

11 March 2017

The female.

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 Bean Geese Bean Geese, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Distant views as the light was fading from Croft Lane
Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

After quite a wait, a belligerent Grey Heron appeared to make this splendid bird began to move along the shore towards me, getting closer and closer!

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Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

 Another shot
Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Closer still!

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Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Too close to fit into the field of view!

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Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Even closer!
Great White and Little Egrets, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Together briefly in the bay to the right of the hide, and somewhat distant.

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Stonechat Stonechat, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Towards the end of my stay, this delightful Stonechat popped up onto some of vegetation reasonably close to the hide.
Teal Teal, Standlake Pit 60

7 January 2017

Note the reflection in the still water.  
Red crested Pochards Red crested Pochards, Standlake Pit 28

2 January 2016

Remarkably plastic looking!
Red crested Pochard Red crested Pochards, Standlake Pit 28

2 January 2016

A slightly closer bird and sharper image.
Yellowhammer Yellowhammer, Scary Hill

30 December 2016

On a handy roadside pool in superb light!

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Yellowhammer Yellowhammer, Scary Hill

30 December 2016

The same pool.

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Linnet Linnet, Scary Hill

30 December 2016

And again!

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Yellow-legged Gull, Standlake Pit 60

10 December 2016

Out in the middle from the North Shore Hide. Very striking with its brilliant white head at this time of year.

Thanks to Ian Lewington (the Gull maestro) for his confirmation of its ID.
Gadwall Gadwall, Standlake Pit 60

10 December 2016

From the North Shore Hide. A bonus on a dull and damp day with little wind.

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Gadwall, Standlake Pit 60

10 December 2016

A crop of the image above showing the sharpness of my new lens!
Cormorant Cormorant, Standlake Pit 60

10 December 2016

From the North Shore Hide. One of the few other birds in range.
Starling murmuration, Otmoor

19 November 2016

Decided to hang around until roost time today. There was a brief murmuration just before many birds dived down into the reeds - as shown here. Later birds simply went straight in. I didn't see any raptors attempting to get an easy meal although the Hen Harrier was briefly reported in the distance.

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Bittern, Otmoor

19 November 2016

A somewhat distant fly past the first screen at around 13:00.
Kingfisher Kingfisher, Standlake Pit 60

29 October 2016

Having caught a Perch with a single dive. Unfortunately it flew off to eat it.
Kingfisher Kingfisher, Standlake Pit 60

29 October 2016

Brightening up a very grey day, on top of the branch and just before catching the fish above.
Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir

22 October 2016

A very grey afternoon for photographing this little beauty!

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Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir

22 October 2016

Close up shot - as ever this bird was very confiding.

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Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir

22 October 2016

Sideways on shots were not easy to obtain...
Grey Phalarope Grey Phalarope, Farmoor Reservoir

22 October 2016

The "battleship" pose!
Little Grebe Little Grebe, Standlake Pit 60

1 October 2016

With a Bullhead which looked quite a mouthful for this small grebe! It had no difficulty swallowing it though.
Kingfisher Kingfisher, Standlake Pit 60

1 October 2016


On a rather distant post.
Teal Teal, Standlake Pit 60

1 October 2016

Below the hide.
Hobby Hobby, Otmoor

24 September 2016

A lucky shot while waiting on the bridleway for the Purple Heron to appear. This bird suddenly appeared over the nearby pool, and then got closer and closer!

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Hobby Hobby, Otmoor

24 September 2016

The speed this bird was moving is well illustrated by this image which is only 1 frame behind the one above, i.e. 1/10sec!

The 7D Mk II AF has done a pretty good job in this case, considering the x1.4TC was on the lens.
Purple Heron Purple Heron Otmoor

24 September 2016

Having arrived at around 09:45, I didn't get this distant view until c. 13:15, thanks to Jon Mercer.
Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

10 September 2016

In the rain, right in front of the North Hide! It was startled by a Grey Heron and took to the air.

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Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

10 September 2016

In front of the North Hide, just before the shot above.!

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Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

10 September 2016

Before arriving in front of the hide - note there is more contrast in this image with the vegetation behind.

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/Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

3 September 2016

Coming in to land at the spot where it started feeding - see below.
Great White Egret Great White Egret, Standlake Pit 60

3 September 2016

This bird doesn't seem to like the shoreline where the hide is! 
Greenshank Greenshank, Standlake Pit 60

3 September 2016

On a rapid walk past the hide, but a better photo opp than last week.

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