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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

Bittern
Bittern, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

2 February 2013

Out in the open in front of the Zeiss Hide, but unfortunately still in shade. 

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Bittern
Bittern, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

2 February 2013

Another shot similar to above, but slightly more in the open.
Bittern
Bittern, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

2 February 2013

As above.
Bittern
Bittern, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

2 February 2013

The head on pose - note the advancing sun but the bird moved off just after this pic.
Pochard
Pochard, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

2 February 2013

Taken from the Robbie Garnett hide while trying unsuccessfully for flight shots.

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Pallas's Warbler
Pallas's Warbler, Moor Green Lakes, Berkshire

26 January 2013

The complete opposite of the shrike below! A very difficult subject to get good pics of, even with the sun out for the first time in what seems a long time. It was constantly moving around and was spending most of its time on the opposite side of the river, which was relatively distant and into the sun.

Pallas's Warbler
Pallas's Warbler, Moor Green Lakes, Berkshire

26 January 2013

Showing the diagnostic stripe down the centre of its head.
Red backed Shrike Red backed Shrike, Everleigh, Wiltshire

20 October 2012

A very obliging and tame bird - unlike most other shrikes I have encountered.

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Red backed Shrike
Red backed Shrike, Everleigh, Wiltshire

20 October 2012

The head on look!

Red backed Shrike
Red backed Shrike, Everleigh, Wiltshire

20 October 2012

Just at the point of ejecting a pellet. Note also the beetle in its foot.

Red backed Shrike
Red backed Shrike, Everleigh, Wiltshire

20 October 2012

With the beetle, just before it ejected the pellet.

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