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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2019

Sedge Warbler Sedge Warbler, Farmooor

22 April 2019

This bird was showing well at times in the tops of the reeds on the small lagoon in Buckthorn Meadow, behind the Shrike Meadow hide. Probably the lack of wind helped with this behaviour.

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Cuckoo Cuckoo, Farmoor

22 April 2019

Vocal and active at times along the river this morning.
Ring Ouzel, Linkey Down

13 April 2019

After missing the Little Bunting at Farmoor by only a few minutes, I decided to try for the Rouzels at Linky Down.

There were probably at least 2 males and a female initially on the slope at the head of the valley when I arrived.  Not as far away as birds at this site usually tend to be. Even so, this heavily cropped from an image obtained with the 500f4 lens and the x2 converter.
Reed Bunting, Otmoor

12 April 2019

Tried a change of scene today, but a heard Grasshopper Warbler was really the only thing of note on a cool but initially sunny morning. This photo was taken from the hide - almost too close!

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Ringed Plover, Farmoor

11 April 2019

Just a little further on along the causeway beyond the Yellow Wags (see below). Unfortunately, although this bird seemed to be able to fly OK, there was something wrong one of its wings, giving it a hunchback appearance. Not so apparent from this side. Also it isn't in full summer plumage either which seems odd at this time of year.

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Yellow Wagtail, Farmoor

11 April 2019

One of two on the causeway early on in superb light. For once these two weren't too jumpy. While I was concentrating on one of them, the other suddenly appeared closer, for a few moments before both departed.

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Yellow Wagtail, Farmoor

11 April 2019

The one I was concentrating on before the other appeared briefly (see above).

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White Wagtail, Farmoor

5 April 2019

One of about six on the causeway. Pretty jumpy and difficult to approach closely,
Little Gull, Farmoor

5 April 2019

Out in the middle of Farmoor I - taken from the rarely visited causeway hide which provided some welcome shelter from the cold easterly wind.

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