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UK Bird Pics Spring 2018

Common Tern, Lodmoor, Dorset

4 July 2018

Crop of the photo below. 
Common Tern, Lodmoor, Dorset

4 July 2018

From the viewing point along the southern path.
Grey Plover, Lodmoor, Dorset

4 July 2018

Back to more routine fare after the marvellous encounters with Colin below...

There seemed nothing much along the western path in the afternoon of a grey day, but after waiting a bit this nice Grey PLover suddenly flew in and started feeding on the mud in front of me. It even came closer a bit closer until it seemed to be disturbed by another birder fiddling around with a bird book in a white bag!
Cuckoo, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

Couldn't resist going back to say good bye to Colin before he heads off to Africa, very shortly!

This time, with some assistance from another Colin and some willing helpers, I tried for some landing shots.

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

As above

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

As above

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

As above

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Redstart, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

This very obliging Redstart appeared regularly and was a good subject while Colin was absent, which he was for long periods. Unfortunately this bird was ringed - no idea why and what the purpose was.

This was a very close approach!

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Redstart, Thursley Common

16 June 2018

Normally so wary, this bird had little fear of photographers! What a refreshing change!

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

"Colin" the Cuckoo appeared twice while I was there. The first at c. 11:45 and the second about 2 hours later, by which time it had started to rain.

What an amazing bird!

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

Extraordinarily close - on the same log as the Redstart below!

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Cuckoo, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

On the ground coming towards us!

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Redstart, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

A pair appeared periodically but more frequently than the Cuckoo!
Redstart, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

Incredibly close on this log! Pity the male didn't pose as well.

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Stonechat Stonechat, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

Another diversion while waiting for the Cuckoo
Woodlark, Thursley Common

12 May 2018

A pair of Woodlark made an appearance from time to time while waiting for the Cuckoo to appear. They never came very close, but made an interesting diversion. My first pic of this species as well!
 Coot Coot, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

6 May 2018

Hoped for a memorable shot but I'm not sure I achieved it! Very much into the sun but there wasn't much I could do about that.
Meadow Pipit, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

6 May 2018

Somewhat closer than the Ruff below!

Ruff Titchfield Haven Ruff, Titchfield Haven, Hampshire

5 May 2018

A frustrating but nice bird almost in full summer plumage! It spent most of its time on a patch of mud well away from the hide. Only one or twice did it stray closer and when it did it was constantly feeding.

This was the one shot I got with it sideways on, and well light by the sun, but it was at a considerable distance.

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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