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UK Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2006

House Martin, Greenham Common, Berks

24 June 2006

These birds were coming to a pond to pick up mud, which gave good opportunities for reasonably close flight shots.

King Eider

Irvine, Scotland

25 April 2006

A business trip to Glasgow give me the chance for an evening dash to twitch this beauty - seen easily shortly after arrival. Windy, dull conditions and a distant bird combined to make this a record shot.

My fourth and finally successful attempt to get this species on my life list!

Subalpine Warbler

Stanpit Marsh, Dorset

14 April 2006

After a 1.5 hr wait, this bird eventually appeared in a totally different bush to where most people were watching! It then proved to be reasonably obliging, feeding on the ground in the open briefly. Not easy to digiscope well, though.

My 300th UK species!

Red Necked Grebe, Pit 81, Cotswold Water Park, Wilts

1 April 2006

Nicely coming into summer plumage. Conditions for this pic were poor, with strong wind, and a distant bird which kept diving. I was surprised it was even identifiable, let alone reasonably sharp.

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