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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2018

Roseate Tern, Farmoor Reservoir

9 August 2018

At around 5pm, I noticed that the Oxon Bird Log was reporting a Roseate Tern at Farmoor, so I abruptly set off for my second visit of the day.

This was a lucky flight shot in failing light, just before it started raining hard. A county tick for me!
  Roseate Tern, Farmoor Reservoir

9 August 2018

Distant record shot, highly cropped.
Common Sandpiper, Farmoor Reservoir

9 August 2018

I've always found Common Sands virtually impossible to photo at Farmoor as they are so wary. The causeway hide came in handy for this distant shot - note the almost complete absence of the sloping concrete!

Where has the sun and heat suddenly gone?
Common Sandpiper, Pit 60

28 July 2018

Surprisingly this also came along in front of the hide - shortly after the Little Egret, making for a productive couple of hours!

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Little Egrets, Pit 60

28 July 2018

Remarkable collection of five all together on the island.
Little Egret, Pit 60

28 July 2018

After a heavy shower, the group of five above split up and starting feeding. One decided to head over in my direction in a very determined manner. Here it is on its way towards me...
Little Egret, Pit 60

28 July 2018

Now having arrived right in front of the hide, very briefly!
Black Tern, Farmoor

26 July 2018

Four of the six present at the southern end of FII, near the pontoon.
Dunlin, Farmoor

26 July 2018

Along the causeway. Where else?!

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Dunlin, Farmoor

26 July 2018

Crop of the photo above
Little Egret, Pit 60 Standlake Common

11 July 2018

Directly in front of the N hide but into the sun.

Grey Heron, Pit 60 Standlake Common

11 July 2018

From the N hide but less into the sun.
Spotted Flycatcher, Undisclosed

8 July 2018

Clearly breeding nearby. This was at a private site.

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Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

2 June 2018

Much rarer in Oxon than the Black-necked Grebe below. In fact this is the first full plumage bird I have seen in the county. Unfortunately, when I was there in the morning, the light was rubbish and the bird was staying well off the shore.

To my regret I didn't return in the late afternoon/evening by which time the light was similar to that for the BN Grebe below, and the bird was coming in much, much closer judging by the photos some others managed to get!

There was no sign of this bird the next day...

To read an account of my visit that day, go to my blog.
Black necked Grebe Farmoor Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

14 May 2018

Much better early evening light than late morning yesterday!

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Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

14 May 2018

As above

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Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

14 May 2018

As above

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Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

14 May 2018

As above

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Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

14 May 2018

As above

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Black necked Grebe Farmoor Black necked Grebe, Farmoor

13 May 2018

Being reasonably obliging down the southern end of Farmoor II.

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Wheatear Wheatear, Larkhill

28 April 2018

There were at least 4 birds present in the cold damp conditions today. After some time trying for photos, this one briefly flew up onto one of the fence posts surrounding the reservoir right by the car!

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Wheatear, Larkhill

28 April 2018

A crop of the shot above
Wheatear, Larkhill

28 April 2018

Taken through the chain link fence! Shows the conditions quite well.
Kingfisher, Pinkhill, Farmoor

28 April 2018

Having spent some time in the hide, without much happening, I was just about to go when this Kingfisher suddenly appeared and perched briefly on this distant branch. After a few seconds it was off...
 
Red crested Pochard Red crested Pochard, Pinkhill, Farmoor

28 April 2018

There were two males, a female and a male Tufted Duck hanging around with them at Pinkhill. They were flighty and took to the air a few times.
Swallow Swallow, Farmoor

28 April 2018

Not a nice day for hirundines - cold & wet! Several were gathered on the western side of FI in a long line. This was the closest one.

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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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