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UK Bird Pics Autumn 2011

Curlew, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

29 November 2011

My first reasonably close pics of this species which tends to be normally quite shy.

Curlew Curlew, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

29 November 2011

Just after having a wash...

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Redshank, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

29 November 2011

Again quite close.

Lapwing Lapwing, Cley, Norfolk

28 November 2011

A ridiculously tame bird pottering around the beach car park!

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Bar-tailed Godwit Bar-tailed Godwit, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

27 November 2011

Somewhat more distant than the more obliging Blackwits below, but this had the sun full on it.

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Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

27 November 2011

The same bird as below, with some of the low afternoon sun on it.

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Black-tailed Godwit Black-tailed Godwit, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

27 November 2011

The harbour proved to be a good place for wader pics, using the car as a hide, as these and the other photos here show. A back-lit shot.

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Rough-legged Buzzard, Holkham Pines, Norfolk

27 November 2011

The highlight of the trip. Thanks to the couple who advised of the best place to view from, but this was just too distant for good results.

Mealy (Common) Redpoll, Titchwell, Norfolk

26 November 2011

I believe this was a Mealy and not a Lesser. It was difficult to photo in the dull conditions against the light.

Shoveler Shoveler, Titchwell, Norfolk

26 November 2011

Nice and close to the first hide, but it took some time for it to stop "shovelling", even for a second or two. Shame about the dull conditions.

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Long-billed Dowitcher (top) and
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (bottom)

Chew Valley Lake, Somerset

20 November 2011

The ultimate in record shots! I'm not even certain that the Sandpiper with the arrow is the right bird - it was with plenty of Dunlin. But they were ridiculously distant for DSLR photography!

Also present at this remarkable spot were Little Stint, Spotted Sandpiper and a few Bewick's Swans, not to mention a large number of twitchers. As all were present on arrival, this was a somewhat more straightforward affair than the Pallid Harrier endurance test last month (see below)!

Pallid Harrier, Black Down, Mendips, Somerset

1 October 2011

Another evening shot, but there the similarities with the Pec Sand below cease. This bird was unobliging in the extreme, requiring a seven and half hour wait to get the first of several ultra distant photos! This record shot was taken after about 8 hours, and was as close as it got from the camera perspective. It least it shows the main features, just about.

Worth the wait for the sighting alone though!

Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper, Crookham Common, Berkshire

24 September 2011

My late afternoon visit to this site 'over the border' in Berkshire was rewarded with splendid light as the sun came out and started setting. This bird was very obliging and I took several hundred photos in a short space of time. Here is the pick of the ones I like best.

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Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper, Crookham Common, Berkshire

24 September 2011

As above

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Pectoral Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper, Crookham Common, Berkshire

24 September 2011

As above

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