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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2022

  Green Sandpiper, Oxon

5 August 2022

Nice to see a hint of wader passage! Although this bird started to approach, it quickly thought better of it and vanished while my attention was diverted. Hence it was some distance off for this photo.

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  Cattle Egret, Oxon

20 July 2022

My first UK Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage - they look quite impressive, especially here against a dark green background. A bit distant though.

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Cattle Egret, Oxon

20 July 2022

Presumably a pair - they were displaying a few minutes earlier! Again somewhat distant.

  Hobby, Oxon

20 July 2022

One somewhat distant pass and it was gone, unfortunately!

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  Great crested Grebes, Oxon

20 July 2022

I saw this family distantly a week ago and there were 3 small young. Nice to see all have survived so far, and grown appreciably, especially the larger one!

Shame about the lack of sun for this photo. 
  Black-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60, Oxon

12 July 2022

Didn't stay long but a nice bird for this site, still in full summer plumage.

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  Great White Egret, Oxon

6 July 2022

Rather distant but nice light at this point.


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  Common Sandpiper, Oxon

6 July 2022

Appeared very briefly before being chased off by an irate Lapwing! 


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  Lapwing, Oxon

1 July 2022

Nice light on this Lapwing, just as I was leaving after a blank session until this. 


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  Curlew, Oxon

7 June 2022

Better weather today in the morning and this Curlew came even closer than the one below. It was frame filling! 


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  Curlew, Oxon

11 May 2022

A morning of rain, heavy at times. This Curlew suddenly appeared out of the blue quite close.


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  Whimbrel, Standlake Pit 60, Oxon

4 May 2022

A Whimbrel had been reported here a few days ago, but with nothing since I was surprised to notice it quietly feeding in the grass. Even more surprising was when it was joined by a second bird somewhat later!

Never came very close unfortunately.  

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Whimbrel, Standlake Pit 60, Oxon

4 May 2022

Flight shot but of a somewhat distant bird.

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  Cuckoo, West Oxon

26 April 2022

Horrible light for this photo but lovely to have a Cuckoo away from Thursley Common reasonably close! Very much a silhouette but Photoshop has certainly helped with this one. A hand held shot with the R5, 500f4 & x2TC. Not something I try very often. 

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  Lapwing, West Oxon

26 April 2022

Yet more nice light, but not a lot to get excited about! This Lapwing briefly came closer than the others. 

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  Goosander, West Oxon

20 April 2022

Again nice light. This Goosander is still lingering around but appears very inactive at times and hence is probably unwell.

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  Little Egret, West Oxon

15 April 2022

Lovely light this morning but this bird was a little distant. It appears to be in breeding plumage.

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