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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2016/17

Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

Every so often some of the flock of 40 odd birds would come onto a tree just above the main road. Some berries were in the sun and below the main part of the tree, giving a clean background. Just once or twice when the sun was out I managed to get onto one bird for an instant before it flew off.

This was the type of shot I was after - but it was a shame about the shadow on the front of its head.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

In the same tree above the main road.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

On the opposite side of the road.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

In a bush off the quieter side road.

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Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

With mistletoe berry in the bush off the quieter side road.
Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

Another shot...
Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

Dropped it!
Waxwing Waxwing, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

14 January 2017

Nice light!
Blue Rock Thrush Blue Rock Thrush, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

31 December 2016

Quite a crowd for this bird which was pretty inactive for long periods.  Perhaps this was due to the conditions which were hardly inspiring. Gone was the sun of the last few days, replaced by fog and dullness!

In this tree, all it did was look to the left, and right for at least half an hour

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Blue Rock Thrush Blue Rock Thrush, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

31 December 2016

...the right!
Blue Rock Thrush Blue Rock Thrush, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

31 December 2016

On the garden fence very briefly, looking at its admirers!
Bittern Bittern Calvert Lake BBOWT, Bucks

29 December 2016

Only a brief appearance out of cover at the far end of the right hand channel today.

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Water Rail Water Rail, Calvert Lake BBOWT, Bucks

29 December 2016

Running across the ice in front of the hide.
Great Tit Great Tit, Calvert Lake BBOWT, Bucks

29 December 2016

Note the setting sun next to a tree in the reflection in the birds eye!
 Little Egret Little Egret, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk

18 October 2016

Close to the main path.

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 Radde's Warbler Radde's Warbler, Warham Greens, Norfolk

16 October 2016

Taken after a wait of at least 2 hours during which time there was no sign.

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  Radde's Warbler, Warham Greens, Norfolk

16 October 2016

The frame before the one above.  
Radde's Warbler  Radde's Warbler, Warham Greens, Norfolk

16 October 2016

On the other side of the hedge - not quite as sharp.
Cranes Cranes, Welney WWT, Norfolk

15 October 2016

There was a remarkable but distant flock of 17 of these birds which are probably of wild origin.
 White fronted Goose White fronted Goose, Welney WWT, Norfolk

15 October 2016

This one of a small group of apparently wild birds that suddenly decided to make a close approach to the main hide before quickly thinking better of it and heading away.

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 Whooper Swan Whooper Swan, Welney WWT, Norfolk

15 October 2016

Surprisingly close to the path.
 Rose coloured Starling Rose coloured Starling, Lodmoor, Dorset

10 October 2016

This rarity was spending most of its time in a hedge on the northern edge of the reserve opposite a housing estate.
 Black tailed Godwit Black tailed Godwit, Lodmoor, Dorset

9 October 2016
 
As below, but even closer!

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Bar tailed Godwit Bar tailed Godwit, Lodmoor, Dorset

9 October 2016

From the west path where the waders are remarkably unperturbed by humans.

The reflection is nice but it is a shame about the filthy bill and front of the head!

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