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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2020

  Sanderling, Farmoor

23 May 2020

On seeing the news that there was another Sanderling at Farmoor this morning, in summer plumage, I decided to go back for a later than usual visit - towards the end of the afternoon.

This bird was feeding in close proximity to a Dunlin and getting un-obscured photos wasn't easy. Also the sun kept going behind clouds, but this was the one 'keeper' from the hundreds I took!

A really smart bird in summer plumage, which I've only rarely if ever seen before. 


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  Sanderling, Farmoor

22 May 2020

I was hoping that some of the lovely full summer plumage birds, seen earlier this week, would still be around. Unfortunately they had moved on, leaving only two much greyer birds. At least this one is just beginning to show some summer feathers.

A backlit photo from above was all I could manage in this brief encounter. These were wary birds.

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  Red Kite, West Hagbourne

17 May 2020

Red Kites are so common these days, I generally rarely pay much attention to them. But a flock of 50+ feeding in a freshly ploughed field close to the road got me so interested I raced home to get my photographic  equipment before returning as quickly as possible!
 

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Red Kite, West Hagbourne

17 May 2020

A flight shot. Unlike the standard ones of them against the sky, this is a bit different. 
 

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  Sedge Warbler, River Thames at Farmoor

14 May 2020

Out of the garden at last! Taking advantage of the recent opening of Farmoor to have a short session with the showy Sedge Warbler.

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Sedge Warbler, River Thames at Farmoor

14 May 2020

See above.

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  Goldfinch, Garden

26 April 2020

Yet another early morning session trying a different background (an old piece of carpet!).

This was the shot I was hoping for from these sessions, after an earlier one that "got away",

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Goldfinch, Garden

26 April 2020

As above, but before the take-off!

This was the shot I was hoping for from these sessions, after an earlier one that "got away",

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  Robin, Garden

26 April 2020

A briefly obliging Robin on the mossy log.

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  Goldfinch, Garden

24 April 2020

Another early morning session with the bird on a better pose than before on the teasel.

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Goldfinch, Garden

24 April 2020

Trying the x1.4 TC.

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  Dunnock, Garden

24 April 2020

A humble Dunnock. I've not taken many photos of this species before!

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  Robin, Garden

23 April 2020

At last something other than a Goldfinch!

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  Goldfinch, Garden

23 April 2020

Another early morning session with a collected teasel centre stage!

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Goldfinch, Garden

23 April 2020

On the teasel stem - need to move it lower next time!

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  Goldfinch, Garden

16 April 2020

Another early morning session

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Goldfinch, Garden

16 April 2020

As above

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  Goldfinch, Garden

11 April 2020

Back to the afternoon with a different perch.

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  Goldfinch, Garden

11 April 2020

Continuing with garden birds in these difficult times...

An early morning shot as a change to late afternoon ones below.

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  Goldfinch, Garden

5 April 2020

Continuing with garden birds in these difficult times...

This time using an old bed sheet for the  background, and retaining Blackthorn flowers for interest.

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Goldfinch, Garden

5 April 2020

Another one...

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Goldfinch, Garden

5 April 2020

Lift off!

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  Goldfinch, Garden

2 April 2020

Trying some garden birds in these difficult times...

A different background (camo netting), and some Blackthorn flowers for interest.

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Goldfinch, Garden

2 April 2020

The original background - the fence.

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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