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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2021/22

  Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Time for another visit to David White's excellent raptor hide high on the Marlborough Downs near Swindon, booked through Wildlife Photography Hides.

As for my visit last year, it was cloudy nearly all the time but at least this time it was a little less dull with one very brief almost sunny spell!

This very white Buzzard was an interesting and spectacular bird, but didn't stay too long.

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Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Crop of the photo above. What a bird!

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Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Any action was very brief and sporadic today. At least I managed to capture this calling bird with one frame.

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Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

A close bird!

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Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Seems to be looking right at me, or more likely my lens!

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Buzzard, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Flight shot in poor light.

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   Red Kite, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Unlike last year, Red Kites were frequent visitors, allowing some rare shots of them on the ground.

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Red Kite, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Crop of a bird perched close by.

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Red Kite, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

Head on view allowing more of a crop.

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Red Kite, Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

26 October 2021

A flight shot - with the dismal light it was important for any flight shots to be of a bird against the distant ground below, rather than the comparatively very bright but leaden sky.

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  Bar-tailed Godwit, Ferry Bridge, ne Weymouth, Dorset

14 November 2021

During a brief stay in Weymouth, I popped into the Ferry Bridge car park in the late afternoon. To my surprise there were three of these quite obliging birds behind the visitor centre.

This photo was taken in the deepening gloom, and needed considerable cropping. It is amazing what the R5 and Photoshop can produce!

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  Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

Time for another trip to Ian Howells' hide in South Wales. I was hoping for more photos of the juvenile Goshawk, but unfortunately it had moved on about a week earlier.

Still, this very smart male Sparrowhawk was considerable compensation in the superb light. It was sunny pretty well all day. Unprecedented at this site, in my experience!

I spent a long time hoping to get an "action" shot and this was the only one I obtained. This bird moves incredibly fast - impossible to stay with it given my limited reaction times!

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Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

No action but a sideways on portrait. Something that is possible with this post, unlike the branch that is also provided.

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Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

Feeding on the post.

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Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

Super close up when the bird came onto the feeders perches which are only a few metres from the hide! 

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Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

No apologies for another shot
 
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Sparrowhawk, South Wales

21 October 2021

One way of getting a sideways shot of the bird on the branch. 

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  Jay, South Wales

21 October 2021

One of the supporting cast. The Jays were very active early on, before the sun has reached the perches.

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  Great-spotted Woodpecker, South Wales

21 October 2021

The other supporting cast species. This was very close in lovely light!

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  White-tailed Lapwing, Blacktoft Sands RSPB, East Yorkshire

16 October 2021

After spending two weeks in Yorkshire, I finally got the opportunity to twitch this mega UK rarity which is a world tick for me, and possibly the rarest bird I have ever seen in this country!

Today it was showing somewhat distantly from the Xerox Hide immediately on arrival. However the light was poor and the bird was inactive for long periods. This is the only action shot I managed to get!

Unfortunately the even rarer Long-toed Stint at the relatively nearby St Aidens RSPB reserve had moved on today.
White-tailed Lapwing, Blacktoft Sands RSPB, East Yorkshire

16 October 2021

See above. On this photo the illumination is more even, but the cut reeds behind are an unwanted distraction.
  Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Another trip to Ian Howells' hide in South Wales but this time the target was a tantalising and rare juvenile Goshawk that had started showing just the week before.

I was very fortunate to get a cancellation for this session for which an early start was needed to arrive by 07:00. By around 07:20 I was all setup and ready. Remarkably soon, at 07:45, in flew the star bird which stayed for about 25mins, tearing into the Woodpigeon!

This is one of the first photos I got, before the feathers started to fly and the rain set in (see below)!

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Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Shortly after its arrival, the rain started which I think made some of these photos more atmospheric, despite the rotten light.

I feel this photo captures well the power of this awesome raptor. 

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Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Crop of the shot above, making the bird look even more imperious.

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  Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Headed turned sideways

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Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Heavy rain. 

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Goshawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

Looking increasingly bedraggled! 

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  Sparrowhawk, South Wales

9 September 2021

After the Goshawk departed early morning, I had a considerable wait until the male Sparrowhawk decided to put in an appearance.  

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