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Oxon Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2015

Greenshank Greenshank, Standlake Pit 60,

1 August 2015

Nicely walking up and down in front of the hide! This photo benefitted from a hint of sun and water in the background. Remarkably obliging for such a normally wary species.

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Common Sandpiper Common Sandpiper, Standlake Pit 60,

1 August 2015

These are normally pretty wary but this one seemed quite happy with the hide. Only my second Common Sand pic!
Red backed Shrike Red backed Shrike, Churn

26 July 2015

Pretty miserable conditions today for my first RB Shrike for the county, with rain and wind!

This bird only showed briefly and rather distantly from near the old Field Study Centre and then disappeared.
Lapwing Lapwing, Standlake Pit 60

18 July 2015

Another crop of pics from the Langley Lane hide. This Lapwing is probably pick of the bunch. Although its none too sharp at 1:1, it was more or less frame filling - so not so critical. 
Little Egret Little Egret, Standlake Pit 60

18 July 2015

Passing by at close range in a duller spell.
Common Tern Common Tern, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2015

One of several about.
Green Sandpiper Green Sandpiper, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2015

Two birds eventually appeared by the Langley Lane hide.
Common Tern Common Tern, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2015

These birds provided some entertainment and diversion while waiting for the Green Sands.  They were nesting on an island and sometimes came quite close to the hide.

I like this shot because of the green background which makes the bird more prominent than in the usual shots of birds against the sky or water.
Little Egret Little Egret, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2015

Along the shore in front of the hide - one of several birds present today.
Turtle Dove Turtle Dove, Otmoor

30 May 2015

Came down to feed on the spilt grain at the cattle pens after a short wait for me. It was remarkably confiding but didn't sit up on any of the posts or fences while I was there.

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Turtle Dove Turtle Dove, Otmoor

30 May 2015

In mid purr!
Black throated Diver Black throated Diver, Farmoor

16 May 2015

Later on in the calmer conditions on the west side of F2 from my preferred lower camera angle. 

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Black throated Diver Black throated Diver, Farmoor

16 May 2015

This photo unfortunately apparently shows a wound in the birds abdomen - lower right. There was definitely something wrong with this bird, especially on its left side. 
Black throated Diver Black throated Diver, Farmoor

16 May 2015

Sunnier conditions this morning but the light was difficult from the causeway with the bird on F2.
Ringed Plover Ringed Plover, Farmoor

16 May 2015

An unexpected bonus as I was leaving having filled a memory card with diver pics! This bird was on the causeway parapet and even ran towards me getting quite close before having second thoughts!

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Black throated Diver Black throated Diver, Farmoor

15 May 2015

An after work visit produced some good views of this great bird, which unfortunately did not seem well.

This photo was taken in a brief brighter spell using my backup 400mmf5.6 lens and 7D camera, as my DO lens and 7D Mk II are regrettably being serviced!
Dunlin Dunlin, Farmoor

9 May 2015

The poor weather early on today brought in quite a few waders, including a nice flock of summer plumaged Dunlin.
Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor

9 April 2015

With the continuing sunny weather, I couldn't resist another after work sortie to Farmoor!

For most of the time, this looked to be a wasted visit but just as the sun was approaching the horizon the bird suddenly approached its favoured southern shore. Even then it didn't come close enough, but I like the lighting and the bird's pose on this shot.
 
Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor

7 April 2015

Quite close in this evening in nice calm, sunny conditions - so different from the heaving waters and more distant bird of yesterday!

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Red-necked Grebe Red-necked Grebe, Farmoor

7 April 2015

As above

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Ring necked Duck Ring necked Duck, Standlake Pit 60

4 April 2015

Thanks to a timely text from Badger, I made my way promptly to Pit 60 from Stratfield Brake to find the remarkable sight of 4 Ring-necked Ducks of which 3 were males!

Initially they were all very distant but the pair soon came a good deal closer.
Ring necked Duck Ring necked Duck, Standlake Pit 60

4 April 2015

The female out of the water and clearly un-ringed. 
Gargeney Gargeney, Stratfield Brake

4 April 2015

A new site for me in Oxon, and a very confiding duck at times. Shame about the barbed wire fence between the path and the lake!
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

26 March 2015

Nice light late afternoon but this bird wasn't nearly as cooperative as last year when it was coming much closer.


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