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UK Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2011

Black Grouse, North Yorkshire

2 September 2011

Unlike the Red Grouse shown below, these splendid birds were very wary.

Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl, Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire

31 August 2011

See below. This shot was taken on the second, closer approach when I couldn't get the whole bird in the field of view! A good advert for the EOS 7D's AF system!

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Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl, Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire

31 August 2011

On this visit, there were few Red Grouse around, but this SEO more than made up for it! This bird was hunting close to the car, and then seemed interested in me, as it turned and flew directly overheard. It then turned and made a second even closer approach.

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Red Grouse Red Grouse, Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire

30 August 2011

There were several of these confiding birds present close to the road on this visit. Most were of course in heather, but this photo is of a bird on bare ground, so the feathered legs show well.

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Great Skua, Redpoint Beach, nr Gairloch, Highland

14 July 2011

This bird was just sitting on the beach, and allowed quite a close approach.

A slightly better quality than my previous photo of this species, taken way back in 2003!

Black-throated Diver Black-throated Diver, Aultbea, Highland

12 July 2011

One of four obliging birds already on the sea - probably failed breeders. The light was very difficult for this photo, with the birds close to being silhouetted. Most of my shots had the eye in deep shade, but for this one the head is just turned enough for the eye to catch the light.

My closest Black-throated Diver pic to date, by far.

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Black-throated Diver Black-throated Diver, Aultbea, Highland

12 July 2011

Two of the group of four, with better lighting conditions and a much bluer sea!

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Common Gull, Aultbea, Highland

10 July 2011

On the beach in front of the divers I was much more interested in. Seemed worth a quick snap.

Redshank Redshank. Titchfield Haven, Hampshire

25 June 2011

Unlike the Avocets, this Redshank appeared briefly with two others right in front of the Meon Shore hide.

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Avocets, Titchfield Haven, Hampshire

25 June 2011

There were several Avocets around, but only one pair seemed to have fledged any young (2). Unfortunately, these splendid birds never came close enough to the hides for good shots.

juv Black Headed Gull, Hayling Island, Hampshire

25 June 2011

Large numbers of juveniles around, of varying ages..

Black-headed Gull Black Headed Gull, Hayling Island, Hampshire

25 June 2011

A flight shot with some background, which didn't confuse the 7D's AF system for once!

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Mediterranean Gull, Hayling Island, Hampshire

25 June 2011

Much like the Sandwich Terns, except these tended to keep away.

Sandwich Tern Sandwich Tern, Hayling Island, Hampshire

25 June 2011

There were a few of these nesting on the old oyster beds, and occasionally one would come close enough for a passing shot.

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Common Tern, Hayling Island, Hampshire

25 June 2011

Plenty of these around, but unfortunately I saw no Little Terns.

Black-necked Grebe, Woolhampton Gravel Pits, Berkshire

26 March 2011

Unfortunately the two summage plumage birds had departed this morning, leaving this transitional plumage bird behind. Better than nothing!

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