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Oxon Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2016

Greenshank Greenshank, Standlake Pit 60

27 August 2016

This bird, and/or its companion, made several rapid passes right in front of the hide this morning, but it never stopped moving & feeding. This 'action' shot was about the best I could do.

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Grey Heron Grey Heron, Standlake Pit 60

27 August 2016

Herons fly past the hide from time to time. This was a closer than average approach but still a bit distant for the best results.

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Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

20 August 2016

With this view, it looks much more like tundra than the concrete bowl that is Farmoor!

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Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

20 August 2016

A similar view.

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Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

20 August 2016

Crop of the shot above.
Little Stint Little Stint, Farmoor

20 August 2016

Another shot on the "tundra"!

Common Tern Common Tern, Pit 60

13 August 2016

A double dip now - no GW Egret today, nor the Purple Heron on Otmoor earlier in the week - see below!
Cranes, Otmoor

9 August 2016

This "plastic pair" approached the bridleway reasonably closely this evening - minor compensation for missing out on the Purple Heron!
Spotted Flycatcher Spotted Flycatcher, Childrey

25 June 2016

In between torrential shower, thunder and lightening!

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Tufted Duck Tufted Duck, Otmoor

18 June 2016

Coming into land near to the first screen.

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Common Tern Common Tern, Otmoor

18 June 2016

Coming very close to the second blind on its fishing circuits. This virtually filled the frame.
Corn Bunting Westcot Down Corn Bunting, Westcot Down

4 June 2016

Better light for this bird, which was on the opposite side of the road
Corn Bunting Westcot Down Corn Bunting, Westcot Down

4 June 2016

See above
Cuckoo Cuckoo, Farmoor

7 May 2016

There were at least two cuckoos today along the river around Shrike Meadow and Pinkhill. I was pleased to get these shots as this was the main aim of my visit!

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Cuckoo Cuckoo,Farmoor

7 May 2016

See above.
Red Kite Red Kite, Farmoor

16 April 2016

This bird appeared quite low along the causeway while I was trying for Yellow Wags pics. It approached very closely and more than filled the frame but at this stage it was at a good distance away.

At this resolution, the heavy crop below is probably a more effective image.
Red Kite Red Kite, Farmoor

16 April 2016

Heavy crop of above.

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Yellow Wagtail Yellow Wagtail, Farmoor

16 April 2016

Perhaps it is just my lack of field craft but all the Yellow Wags seemed jumpy today on the causeway, and this was the best I could do.
Ring Ouzel Ring Ouzel, Linkey Down, Aston Rowant NNR

9 April 2016

Not an easy bird to get good photographs of!

Similar to my only previous shot of this species at the same site, way back in 2009!
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

2 April 2016

This bird was generally being less obliging than it can be and never came close enough for really good results with my 400mm lens!

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

2 April 2016

And another shot!
Sandwich Tern Sandwich Tern, Farmoor

2 April 2016

A rare visitor to Oxon which doesn't tend to hang around. I was fortunate that this bird briefly came reasonably close on its wanderings around the reservoir today.
Great Northern Diver Great Northern Diver, Farmoor

2 April 2016

In the SE corner of F1 after a bit of wait. They must surely be departing soon, after such a long stay?

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

31 March 2016

A northerly breeze was causing the water to be very choppy today - making photography much more difficult, but at least the sun was shining from time to time.

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

29 March 2016

What a difference a hint of sun makes!

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

29 March 2016

Unfortunately duller conditions quickly took over.
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

26 March 2016

Great to have this bird back again for its third spring in a row - I feel sure it must be the same bird.

I wasn't able to get out yesterday in the lovely sunny weather, so mad do with a brief early morning spell before the rain moved in.

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Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

26 March 2016

Most of the time this bird was someway off the southern bank of F2, but on a couple of occasions it came in closer - probably helped by the lack of other photographers around!
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

26 March 2016

Head on shot.
Red necked Grebe Red necked Grebe, Farmoor

26 March 2016

The classic sideways on view.
Sand Martin Sand Martin, Farmoor

22 March 2016

Some compensation for missing out on Barn Owl for the second visit in a row! Never an easy bird to photo and the conditions weren't in my favour for this one.

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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