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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2018

Little Ringed Plover, Farmoor Reservoir

21 April 2018

A brief burst of shots, hand-held, produced this image. Not ideal as it is from above and shows too much concrete, but the bird was quite wary and flew off almost immediately afterwards!
Aberrant Chiffchaff sp, Hinksey Heights Golf Club

18 April 2018

This bird was initially considered to be an Iberian Chiffchaff, which would have been a surprise addition to my county, UK and world list, very close to home. So I made two visits to see this bird that day - at lunchtime and after work.

At lunchtime I had brief views, but the evening visit was more productive, despite this being a difficult bird to photograph.

However doubts over its song and other characters then emerged and the consensus now is that, whatever it was, it can't be ticked as an Iberian Chiffchaff. Bah!
Wheatear Wheatear, Lark Hill

14 April 2018

At this site it is impossible to get close to birds due to a tall and very secure chain link fence. At least this time I could just balance the lens on the top of the fence for this photo!

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