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UK Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2017

   
Little Tern Little Tern, Chesil Bank, Dorset

5 July 2017

Checking on-line in advance, I found that the Little Terns appeared to be back in residence this year, so I managed to pay them a visit while on a family holiday in Weymouth.

Parking at the Ferrybridge car-park the location of the roped off breeding colony was pretty obvious - a little way along the shingle beside the Fleet. So I walked over, and positioned myself by the water's edge by the outer rope barrier.

Although most terns were distant, I reckoned that a few might come past quite close, if they were fishing along the shore as some terns tend to like doing. This did indeed happen but they made for tricky targets being so small and erratic.

These are the best 2 shots I managed to get in about 2hours.

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Little Tern Little Tern, Chesil Bank, Dorset

5 July 2017

See above.
Black tailed Godwit Black tailed Godwit, Lodmoor, Dorset

3 July 2017

As I've found before, the path along the western edge of Lodmoor can be good for photography in the late afternoon as the birds are very tame being completely accustomed to the constant stream of human traffic along it.

This was again the case today, after after a helpful tip-off from another birder while I was attempting to photo the terns (see below), I made my way further along to find this splendid almost full summer plumaged bird. From time to time the sun came out producing great light.

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Common Tern Common Tern, Lodmoor, Dorset

3 July 2017

 Arctic Tern Ythan Estuary Arctic Tern, Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire

25 June 2017

The road bridge over the estuary turned out to be the best place to try for tern shots in the strong wind. Unfortunately, I only a very limited amount of time before I needed to head back to the airport for my flight home.
 Slavonian Grebe Speyside Slavonian Grebe, Speyside, Highland

23 June 2017

Came surprisingly close to me - again using the car as a hide.
 Common Sandpiper Common Sandpiper, Speyside, Highland

23 June 2017

Again from the car.
 Red Grouse Lochindorb Red Grouse, Lochindorb, Highland

23 June 2017

As I've found before, the road running alongside the southern shore of Lochindorb can be good for bird photography using the car as a hide.

There were several families of Red Grouse by the roadside, some with tiny young. This adult male was quite obliging for some time.
Oystercatcher Lochindorb Oystercatcher, Lochindorb, Highland

23 June 2017

A gale force wind was blowing and this Oystercatcher was trying to shelter low in the grass and permitted a very close approach in the car.
Wood Warbler Wood Warbler, Elan Valley, Wales

1 May 2017

Poor conditions for our first visit to the woods above Elan Village - rain from time to time and leaden skies. Getting Wood Warbler pics isn't easy at the best of times, so this isn't too bad in the circumstances.

This site also had Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit (at the top of the zig-zag path), Dippers on the river and distant Cuckoo - practically the full set!
Pied Flycatcher Pied Flycatcher, Gilfach RWT, Wales

30 April 2017

This delightful bird was showing really well early morning and performing in front of the hide!

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Pied Flycatcher, Gilfach RWT, Wales

30 April 2017

Another shot.
Pied Flycatcher, Gilfach RWT, Wales

30 April 2017

And another shot!
 Willow Warbler Willow Warbler, Gilfach RWT, Wales

30 April 2017

Another quite close shot!
 Blue Tit Blue Tit, Gilfach RWT, Wales

30 April 2017

And another one!.
Nuthatch, Gilfach RWT, Wales

29 April 2017

A frequent sight from the Otter Hide depending on the time of day. This was its closest approach - more often it was further away.
Nuthatch Nuthatch, Gilfach RWT, Wales

29 April 2017

From the Otter Hide.

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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