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Oxon Bird Pics: Autumn/Winter 2019/2020

  Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

13 March 2020

Nowhere near as close as the photo below but just saved by the background.
  Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

29 February 2020

After some success with the Kingfisher (see below), it was about 5th time lucky for the Barn Owl, when I finally managed to get quite close to it, and it even then flew towards me!

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Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

29 February 2020

The bird was initially further away along this fence line, but remarkably flew straight towards me, landing here, whereupon it came even closer, which provided the shot above.

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Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

29 February 2020

Flying towards the post on which it settled above

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  Kingfisher,

29 February 2020

At last, almost the shot I was after - with the bird on the nearby perch and some sun! Only briefly, though at about 11:00.

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Kingfisher,

29 February 2020

At above but in the nearby tree. More distant and poorer background but a better pose?

  Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

27 February 2020

Trying again during a rare break in the rain! But it was windy today and the bird(s) showed only briefly between about 14:00 and 15:00. During that time it again never came very close, and was difficult to track given its erratic flight - probably partly due to the wind.

Nice to see it with prey, which it seemed to find quickly without any real difficulty on its first visit at least.

Also encouraging that it has survived the last two storms, but it can't be easy for them with another due this weekend.
Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

27 February 2020

High up and fairly distant, but it was easier to track against the sky. Again with prey.
  Whooper Swan, Cote

14 February 2020

Rather easier than the Barn Owl to get photos of! One of the five birds currently residing between Cote and Old Shifford.

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Whooper Swan, Cote

14 February 2020

As above
  Kestrel, Pinkhill, Farmoor

14 February 2020

Slim pickings today, after spending at least 5 hours here. The Barn Owl was being elusive for me, but at least this hovering Kestrel briefly obliged.
  Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

13 February 2020

After two previous unsuccessful attempts, it was third time lucky this afternoon. However the bird was very mobile and didn't stay in any one area for more than a few moments. Unlike for others, it also never came very close to me!
Barn Owl, Pinkhill, Farmoor

13 February 2020

With prey. This was one of the first shots I managed, but much to my annoyance I then lost focus lock so missed the closest approach it made this afternoon.
  Marsh Tit

7 February 2020

After a considerable wait... Partially illuminated by a beam of sunlight that managed to penetrate the surrounding trees.

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  Coal Tit

7 February 2020

These were even faster and more difficult to photograph than the Marsh Tits above.

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  Smew, Dix Pit, Stanton Harcourt

31 January 2020

Many thanks indeed to Justin for spotting this bird from way over the far side of the pit. At the time I was just about to leave, and much closer to the bird!
  Garganey, Dix Pit, Stanton Harcourt

31 January 2020

Thanks again to Justin - for putting me on to this distant bird on my arrival. I would never have spotted it otherwise. Very distant for DSLR photos though - a record shot only.
  Kingfisher

17 January 2020

Its back! Having not seen this bird since October, it was nice to find it is still around. Today there was little sun, but in a prolonged 3+hr session, this bird showed well for almost half of this time.

The following day, I was back in much better conditions and hopeful of a further appearance. The bird had other ideas however it seemed. 
Kingfisher

17 January 2020

See above
 
  Goldeneye, Standlake Pit 60

11 January 2020

These are the only birds coming anywhere near the hides at the moment. This one was displaying briefly on a dull morning.
  Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

9 January 2020

Still there! This time there was mainly cloud but with a hint of sun from time to time, as in this photo. Pushed closer to me by a couple of other birders!

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Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

9 January 2020

Just before a dive.

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  Fieldfare, Harwell Campus

4 January 2020

Coming very close while using the car as a hide, in the better than forecast conditions.

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Fieldfare, Harwell Campus

4 January 2020

Crop of the photo above.  
  Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

3 January 2020

A return visit in the New Year to Farmoor, and this bird was still present in its usual corner of F2. Very strong sun for this shot, which made it difficult to avoid blown highlights on the brilliant white cheeks. Not coming very close while I was there.
  Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

21 December 2019

Thanks to Stuart for pointing this out to me on the causeway as I was returning from frutiless visits to both hides.

Spent sometime waiting for it to come closer with David and then Bob.

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Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

21 December 2019

The head on "stare"!

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Goldeneye, Standlake Pit 60

12 December 2019

Again reasonably close to the LL hide. This time it was displaying.
  Grey Wagtail, Letcombe Bassett

10 November 2019

I find these birds difficult to photograph. This is a snap shot which I wasn't really set up for properly but is probably my best to date.

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  Goldeneye, Standlake Pit 60

8 November 2019

Came close to the LL hide in a brief sunny spell. The deep water probably helped!

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  Scaup (female), Farmoor

7 November 2019

Fairly close to the causeway

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  Little Egret, Letcombe Bassett

31 October 2019

After several recent blank visits, it was good to find this bird back in its usual autumn/winter haunt at the cress beds.
  Water Rail, Pinkhill

25 October 2019

Again a very dull day. This confiding bird appeared under the feeders quite soon after I arrived, but did not show again in the following 2 hours.

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Water Rail, Pinkhill

25 October 2019

A crop of the shot above. It was quite close!

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  Great Tit

24 October 2019

Even a humble Great Tit paused briefly on this perch today!
  Kingfisher

24 October 2019

No sun today! Today this bird appeared just as the rain set in and stayed for even less time than last week. No dives either.
  Kingfisher

17 October 2019

Yet another Kingfisher shot - it showed only briefly in a 3 hour wait.

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Kingfisher

17 October 2019

Looking the other way!

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Kingfisher

17 October 2019

Looking down for prey

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Kingfisher

17 October 2019

A brief earlier appearance before the sunshine had reached the perch.
  Teal, Standlake Pit 60

3 October 2019

A quiet morning today with only a pair of eclipse Teal coming within proper photo range. This photo was taken in a brief moment when the sun almost came out.

Again no sign of the Kingfisher this morning.
  Great Creasted Grebe, Standlake Pit 60

3 October 2019

This bird was some distance away but was worth a few shots in the brief period of time it took to swallow this rather large looking fish!
  Kingfisher, 

28 September 2019

After several fruitless visits, it was good to have another productive session this morning. Earlier on, the sun was out for most of the time which certainly helped.

Flight shots are pretty hit and miss, but it was diving often enough for several attempts.

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor

28 September 2019

One the post.

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor

28 September 2019

Another one with the sun out, resulting in huge contrast on the bird.

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor

28 September 2019

No sun on this bird, but it does have a tiny fish!

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  Common Sandpiper, Standlake Pit 60

27 September 2019

A brief appearance on what is usually the "island" - but now connected to the "mainland" due to the low water levels.

No sign of the Kingfisher this morning!
  Little Grebe, Standlake Pit 60

27 September 2019

There were some nice patches of early morning light from the LL hide briefly, but unfortunately only this juvenile Little Grebe presented itself during the short time before it clouded over. The more showy adult was less obliging.
  Little Stint, Farmoor

19 September 2019

Nice to have some decent waders at Farmoor for once! In addition to this charming Little Stint there was also a Ruff, and Dunlin. Later on a Knot appeared but I missed that one.

Great light today as well!

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Little Stint, Farmoor

19 September 2019

The Little Stint with its friend the Dunlin on the background.

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Little Stint, Farmoor

19 September 2019

No concrete on this one!
  Chiffchaff, Farmoor

7 September 2019

Plenty of adult and juveniles today in the fisherman's car park above the zig-zag path. I presume this is a pristine juvenile and that the worn ones were the adults.

No sign again of the Kingfisher afterwards!

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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