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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2019

Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor, Oxon

9 August 2019

At last!

Round about this time last year, I suggested to Dai that a post in front of the hide would be a good idea, with the aim of attracting a Kingfisher that had been frequenting the more distant tree. Dai then had a word with Thames Water and, to their credit, in time a post duly appeared!

However it has taken many visits on my part since then to finally connect with this bird. Others have seen it from time to time, but despite many hours of waiting it never showed for me, until today.

A good session today with some sunny intervals and the bird showing three times between about 09:00 and 13:00. The first two of these were extended to around 30-45mins, with plenty of dives, which gave me a chance to try for flight shots.

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor, Oxon

9 August 2019

On the post with a very small fish. No wonder it needs so many dives!

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor, Oxon

9 August 2019

Looking for food.

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Kingfisher, Shrike Meadow, Farmoor, Oxon

9 August 2019

Close up.

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Black-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2019

There were two of these almost full summer plumage birds feeding along the shore close to, and in front of, the North Shore Hide.

Pit 60 is doing comparatively well for waders so far this year!
Black-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60

11 July 2019

As above.

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Little Ringed Plover, Standlake Pit 60

14 June 2019

Still around but only one seen from the LL hide. This was taken in a very brief slightly brighter moment, before the rain came down again!

Appears to be now losing some of its summer plumage.

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Dunlin, Farmoor Dunlin, Farmoor Reservoir

11 May 2019

Eventually this bird cooperated and miraculously the sun came out at the same time! Note the almost complete absence of concrete in this photo - always my aim at Farmoor!

Unusually, just before attempting this shot, an Avocet flew over the causeway calling loudly.

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Hobby, Standlake Pit 60

10 May 2019

A memorable few seconds after this superb bird had swooped in and landed on the nearby post after a considerable wait. It was soon off though, not to reappear this morning.

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Hobby, Standlake Pit 60r

10 May 2019

This sideways on view.

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Red-rumped Swallow, Grimsbury Reservoir

9 May 2019

A great bird to see in Oxon. This photo was taken through the chain link fence in poor light!
Red-rumped Swallow, Grimsbury Reservoir

9 May 2019

Taken about 2hrs after the shot above - perched on the fence on the western side of the reservoir.

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Little Ringed Plover

3 May 2019

Showing quite well.

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Bar-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60

29 April 2019

A rare evening visit to catch up with this splendid summer plumage bird, in glorious light. Somewhat closer than the Garganey below!

Most unusual to get a summer plumage Barwit in Oxon, especially quite close to a hide!

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Bar-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60

29 April 2019

Another photo of this magnificent bird.

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Curlew, Standlake Pit 60

29 April 2019

One of two that flew in for an evening bathe and provided a nice supporting cast to the stunning Barwit above

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Garganey with Wigeon and Common Sandpiper, Standlake Pit 60

27 April 2019

Having spotted a Common Sandpiper distantly on the northern shore, I panned round and found, to my surprise, a sleeping Garganey. This was soon joined by the Common Sand and a Wigeon. An unusual collection of birds, for Oxon at least, in one camera frame!
Wheatear, Lark Hill, Wantage

25 April 2019

After fairly fruitless visits to Farmoor and the Bicester Wetland Reserve, I headed to Lark Hill on the way back. It was nice to see a splendid fresh male Wheatear on the E slope of the underground reservoir. For this photo, I managed to get the camera above the chain link fence - one advantage of being tall!
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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