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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2023

  Black-tailed Godwit, Standlake Pit 60, Oxon

3 August 2023

Of the two birds present, this was the brighter. At extreme range for a worthwhile photo!

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  Great White Egret, West Oxon

28 July 2023

Two birds suddenly flew towards and then past me, then abruptly turned round and came very close. Difficult to get onto but this is hardly a crop of the original image.

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  Mute Swans, Barton Field, Abingdon, Oxon

8 June 2023

While trying unsuccessfully to photo dragonflies, this lovely Mute Swan family swam into view. So I couldn't resist the temptation to change modes and photo the whole family.

It was however very difficult to get a shot with all in focus and with reasonable poses. This was the best I got,

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  Lapwing, West Oxon

6 June 2023

At one point, I suddenly noticed this bird, and another, had made a quiet close approach. So an unusually productive morning, given the GWE close encounters below!

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  Great White Egret, West Oxon

6 June 2023

Something of an GWE bonanza this morning, with two different birds, neither of which was the same as the bird seen on 2 June!

This bird is nearing full breeding plumage but still has a small amount of yellow at the base of the bill and dark legs. 

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Great White Egret, West Oxon

6 June 2023

This bird is not showing any breeding plumage with a fully yellow bill and dark legs. This photo catches the bird unusually flying in quite close.

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Great White Egret, West Oxon

6 June 2023

Here is a crop of the bird above that came even closer at one point!

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Great White Egret, West Oxon

6 June 2023

The whole bird quite close - had to zoom the lens out!

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  Great White Egret, West Oxon

2 June 2023

This elegant bird came moderately close to me. It is in full breeding plumage with a black bill and green in front of the eye. The bill colour had me puzzled for when it was more distant.

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  Cuckoo, West Oxon

2 June 2023

After a few weeks in Scotland (more of which later!), it was back to my usual site today.

There was plenty of Cuckoo activity early on, with much calling and bubbling from a female, which is shown here. Not the best photo, but it is first ever photo of a female. It is also quite possibly my first confirmed view of a female.

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  Firecrest, Southern Oxon

1 May 2023

Many thanks to Leo Bateman for the heads up on this tiny beauty! Fortunately he was still present when I arrived at the local site, as I can hardly hear them anymore.

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Firecrest, Southern Oxon

1 May 2023

The same bird singing

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Firecrest, Southern Oxon

1 May 2023

Momentarily facing me.

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  Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Extraordinary close flying display late morning/early afternoon - coming almost within touching distance!

Very difficult to get onto, but the amazing AF on the Canon R5 at least made it possible. I would have really struggled with my 7D!

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Getting closer

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Almost frame filling!

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Crop of the shot above!

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Head on.

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Heading out over the water.

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Hobby, West Oxon

28 April 2023

Homing in on an insect!

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  Whimbrel, Standlake Pit 60

28 April 2023

This bird spent most of its time asleep and occasionally flying between the two islands. Just once it flew quite close.

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  Garganey, West Oxon

25 April 2023

A real treat this morning, with the male coming quite close.

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Garganey, West Oxon

25 April 2023

Closer still...

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Garganey, West Oxon

25 April 2023

Nice fly past

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  Common Sandpiper, West Oxon

25 April 2023

A reflection shot in nice light.

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  PURPLE HERON, Standlake Pit 60

25 April 2023

An amazing find today - my first self found Oxon rarity  only the 4th this century! Unfortunately only seen distantly, initially in flight as shown here.

PURPLE HERON, Standlake Pit 60

25 April 2023

After I saw it in flight (see above), it circled back and landed distantly on the north shore, in front of some reeds. It then quickly walked into a  channel to feed, thereafter giving only partial views before disappearing completely.

Surprisingly it was then seen again on 29 April.

  Common Canes, Standlake Pit 60

20 April 2023

A surprise fly over on a quiet morning. They circled and came back providing this photo opportunity.

Two adults and a juvenile all with no sign of any rings, so their origin is unclear to me. 

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Common Canes, Standlake Pit 60

20 April 2023

Crop of the photo above, showing only the upper bird. 

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  Great White Egret, West Oxon

14 April 2023

This bird suddenly decided to fly towards me. I missed the closest approach unfortunately but this shot shows the remarkably large prey item it has caught. Thanks to Mark Bradfield for confirming it is most likely to be a large earthworm! 

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch