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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2020/21

  Kestrel, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 October 2020

As with Lodmoor, I've previously had some success at the large Ferrybridge car park using the car as a mobile hide. I'd found this relatively tame Kestrel hunting close to the car park a few days earlier but it wasn't being very obliging. In this longer session I managed to get quite close to it when it was both hovering around the car park edges and when perched on a rock (see below).

In this shot, the bird almost appears to be in level flight - but it was just adjusting its position momentarily when hovering. Just a pity the light wasn't better.

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Kestrel, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 October 2020

Another shot of the hovering bird, but this time the background was the Portland hill which gives less of a silhouette effect and stronger colours.

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Kestrel, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 October 2020

Hovering and looking at me instead of searching the ground for prey!

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Kestrel, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 October 2020

Perched on one of the rocks used to mark the edge of the car park. 

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  Meadow Pipit, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 October 2020

A less glamorous inhabitant of the car park!

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  Grey Heron, Lodmoor, Dorset

20 October 2020

Just after take-off - fortunately in a direction almost perpendicular to my line of sight to it.

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  Black-tailed Godwit, Lodmoor, Dorset

20 October 2020

Sun was in short supply for our week in Dorset, but here it appeared weakly late afternoon to brighten up a flock of godwits that was feeding quite close to the path.

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  Teal, Lodmoor, Dorset

16 October 2020

As I have found before, the path along the western side of Lodmoor can be good in the late afternoon/early evening as many birds seem used to all the human traffic. This Teal is a prime example, normally so wary this one was feeding happily only a few meters from the path.

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  Kestrels, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

Another great session at Pete Whieldon's Woodland Hide which provided some further evidence of the many benefits of the EOS R5.

The male and immature tended to appear alternately until this last, mid-afternoon visit when both appeared together. However this pose did not last long!

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

The immature coming into land - taken with the EOS 7D mkII. Action shots weren't easy this session and I only got one sequence early on.

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

The male in weak sun on the nearest perch.

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

The male on a rock with a dark background

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

The immature.

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

Close shot of the immature.

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Kestrel, Otterbourne, Hampshire

13 October 2020

A crop of the photo above showing the benefit of those 45 Mp!

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  Red Kite, Berkshire Downs

9 October 2020

Another flight shot using the animal eye detection auto focus feature on my new toy - the 45 Mp Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

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  Red Kite, Berkshire Downs

9 October 2020

Crop of the shot above

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  Red Kite, Berkshire Downs

7 October 2020

Trying for some flight shots using the animal eye detection auto focus feature on my new toy - the 45 Mp Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera!

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