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UK Bird Pics November 2004 to March 2005

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup, Farnborough, Warks

6 March 05

I took over 70 shots of this one, and suprisingly the ones without direct sun were better, but very few were even moderately sharp.

Thanks to the NT for the nice Lesser Scaup signs - straight to the bird - one of my easiest UK lifers ever!

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup, Farnborough, Warks

6 March 05

Shot showing the diagnostic wing pattern.

Eider

Eider, Peterhead

15 Feb 05

This was not the main aim of this add on to a business trip! I was after the Ross's Gull which had been seen daily for about 3 weeks before. Shortly after arrival I had brief views through bins of what was almost certainly the Gull, but it had flown off by the time I had the scope deployed! It never re-appeared all day, and now seems to have gone for good! Oh, and the King Eider wasn't showing that day either. Grrr!

Red breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser, Hayling Island

3 Jan 05

The conditions for taking pics of this bird on the oyster bed pits at the north west corner of the island were not good - a low sun and strong wind. Also the bird kept diving for fish! Given all that, this shot came out quite well.

Iceland Gull

Third winter Iceland Gull, Walpole Lake, Gosport

3 Jan 05

With the sun out, I found exposure difficult on this bird, parts of which were brilliant white.

Ring Billed Gull

Ring Billed Gull, Walpole Lake, Gosport

3 Jan 05

A close up - much more obliging this time than on my previous visit in Jan 04.

Ring Billed Gull

Ring Billed Gull, Walpole Lake, Gosport

3 Jan 05

An unusual location for rare birds, but this urban lake produced this bird, the Iceland Gull (above) and Med Gulls on the adjacent estuary. With the sun in, it is easier to avoid high contrast on white birds like gulls.

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl, Bury Down, Berks

13 Nov 2004

Another picture of the bird shown below. Sideview only to avoid shadows.

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl, Bury Down, Berks

13 Nov 2004

A nice bright day unlike the previous misty attempt last winter to get pics of these photogenic birds. This was one of at least four birds and the most obliging. Problem with sunlight is it causes shadows!

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