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Oxon Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2014

Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper, Farmoor

31 August 2014

Returning from a week away, I was delighted to hear of a couple of Curlew Sandpipers at Farmoor - a species I have never managed to photograph until now. So I was in the car park at opening time and soon got onto these very confiding birds on the western bank of Farmoor I.

Fortunately there weren't too many other photographers around and so I had the birds almost to myself. They were amazingly tame - coming inside the DO's 3m near focus point several times!

Most of the time they were feeding very actively, but just once they settled down for a rest and a preen, as shown here.

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Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper, Farmoor

31 August 2014

Both birds together during their brief rest.
Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper, Farmoor

31 August 2014

Note the water droplets

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Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper, Farmoor

31 August 2014

In the process of coming too close!

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Curlew Sandpiper Curlew Sandpiper, Farmoor

31 August 2014

Note the small worm in its bill - probably a blood worm I was told.
Barn Owl Barn Owl, Farmoor

31 August 2014

This bird provided a brief distraction from my main mission today - getting the pics shown above of the Curlew Sands!
Green Sandpiper Green Sandpiper, Otmoor

16 August 2014

This is a bird I have been after a reasonable photo of for some time, so I was delighted when this one briefly landed on the mud in front of the first screen. Still too distant for really good results, though.

 
Lapwing Lapwing, Otmoor

16 August 2014

From the first screen. I'm told this is a juvenile that almost certainly originated from here.

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Turtle Dove Turtle Dove, Otmoor

14 June 2014

On a grey day. This bird was fairly obliging, singing from the wires above the corner by the cattle pens, from time to time. It wasn't tolerating all the passersby though. 
Turnstone Turnstone, Farmoor.

24 May 2014

One of six, which were considerably more obliging than the Whimbrel but less so than some others I have come across.
Whimbrel Whimbrel, Farmoor.

24 May 2014

I think this might be my first ever view of this species on the ground in Oxon. However it was unfortunately too wary for a good shot.
Common Tern Common Tern, Farmoor.

26 April 2014

Unlike the Barwit, these were much more obliging, repeatedly flying close by over the causeway.

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Bar tailed Godwit Bar tailed Godwit, Farmoor.

26 April 2014

This excellent summer plumaged bird flew over at about 08:30 reasonably close to the causeway. It was the first sighting in 2014 for both Farmoor and the county.

Unfortunately its fleeting appearance and distance didn't allow for any better pics and this is the least bad! At least it shows the impressive summer plumage.
Sparrowhawk, Wantage

18 April 2014

On the garden fence!
Little Grebe Little Grebe, Undisclosed location

18 April 2014

A bit closer would have been better (as nearly always).

Complements the photos of its more glamorous cousin below!
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

12 April 2014

As this ace bird was still around, it seemed well worthwhile going back for another stint today. Unfortunately the light wasn't very good, with no real sign of the sun.

However with this longer and more relaxed stay, I was able to watch its extremely productive fishing - at one point virtually every dive appeared to be successful. This photo was also taken from my preferred lower camera angle.

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

12 April 2014

See above, but without fish.
Curlew Curlew, Goosey

9 April 2014

Always a great bird to see on its breeding territory - reminds me of my native Yorkshire Dales!
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

5 April 2014

My first good views of this species in summer plumage - so much better than their drab winter garb!

This bird was being pretty obliging along the southern shore of F2, and there was a little sunlight for this photo.
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

5 April 2014

As above, but closer in and slightly sharper.

Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

5 April 2014

As above - no apologies for another shot this great bird!
Marsh Tit Marsh Tit, Bushy Leaze Copse, Farmoor

22 March 2014

After a pretty fruitless visit to nearby Farmoor reservoir, I paid a visit to this site following various other recent photos on the Oxon Bird Log, hoping for Nuthatch pics. However although these were around they never came down to the ground.

Hence I reverted to targeting the next best things - Marsh Tits and anything else that would pose for me (see below)!

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Marsh Tit Marsh Tit, Bushy Leaze Copse, Farmoor

22 March 2014

As above, about a second later.
Chaffinch Chaffinch, Bushy Leaze Copse, Farmoor

22 March 2014

See above
Robin Robin, Bushy Leaze Copse, Farmoor

22 March 2014

See above

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