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Oxon Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2007

juv Sand Martin, Farmoor Reservoir

21 July 2007

An obliging juvenile on the causeway - landed right beside me! Easier than trying to get flight pics!

An 'interesting' journey to and from Farmoor, in the aftermath of yesterday's downpour (almost 5" of rain recorded in Oxford!).

Goldfinch, Home

3 June 2007

Greenfinch, Home

3 June 2007

juv Lapwing

26 May 2007

One of three.. I wonder if these will survive, with the awful weather forecast for tomorrow?

Sanderling, Farmoor

12 May 2007

With the Dunlin flock (see below).

Dunlin, Farmoor

12 May 2007

One of an impressive flock of about 30. Poor conditions for photography - rain, wind & almost no sun.

Swallow, Shellingford

7 May 2007

Flight shots of hirudines are a real challenge! Small and erratically moving, auto focus is hopeless. This and the one below were taken using pre-set manual focus, and hoping for the best.

Sand Martin, Shellingford

7 May 2007

See above - Sand Martins are even worse than Swallows, but there were more of them about, and the sun was out for this shot. The

First summer Bonaparte's Gull, Farmoor

5 May 2007

A heavily cropped pic of this rarity, taken with the DSLR (Canon 350D & EF 400 mm lens with x1.4 converter) - probably digiscoping would have given a better result, but I didn't have the gear to hand.

Apparently earlier in the week this bird had been quite obliging and close to the shore. Today, shortly after I arrived it moved well out into the middle, beyond the range of all photographic equipment.

Wheatear, Shellingford

28 April 2007

One of numerous shots I took of this confiding male - probably the sharpest of the key head/eye area.

My first record of this species at this site.

Wheatear, Shellingford

28 April 2007

Another pic....

Wheatear, Shellingford

28 April 2007

And another pic....

Common Tern, Farmoor

28 April 2007

Obligingly hovering close to the causeway.

Yellow Wagtail, Farmoor

28 April 2007

Managed to get reasonably close to this one, before a herd of fisherman took over the causeway!

Willow Warbler, Castle Hill

22 April 2007

Singing Willow Warblers tend to be in the tops of trees, which is too distant for really detailed shots. The one of the right was taken with the x1.4 converter, whereas the one on the left wasn't. Not a lot to chose between them...

Mute Swan, Farmoor

21 April 2007

Less of a challenge than flying terns or Little Gulls! Just swam past, nice & close.

Common Tern, Farmoor

21 April 2007

Again near the causeway

Common Tern, Farmoor

21 April 2007

One of several present, flying close to the causeway

Little Gull, Farmoor

21 April 2007

One of about nine present early on. They briefly flew over the causeway allowing this shot.

Chiffchaff, Letcombe Bassett

14 April 2007

This was considerably under-exposed, as I had the camera on the wrong setting! But with NeatImage and Photoshop it is amazing what can be done.

Moorhen, Shellingford

14 April 2007

With the x1.4 converter, on a tripod.

Coot, Shellingford

14 April 2007

With the x1.4 converter, on a tripod.

Rook, Harwell

4 April 2007

The car worked effectively as a hide for this pic.

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