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UK Bird Pics Spring/Summer 2019

Little Owl, Druridge, Northumberland

27 June 2019

On our final visit for the Baikal Teal (see below), a local kindly pointed  out a distant Little Owl sitting on a wall. So as the duck wasn't showing at the time, I made a quick foray over and managed to get quite close using the car as a hide.

Unfortunately the owl was partially obscured by the wall and showed no sign of jumping up onto the stones on either side of it. Returning to the Budge Screen I was relieved to find I hadn't missed a rare appearance of the Teal!
Baikal Teal, Druridge Pools, Northumberland

24 June 2019

We first tried for this 3 days earlier and just missed it by about a quarter of an hour. It didn't reappear in the four or so hours we then spent waiting for it to show.

Today we had another opportunity, and managed to arrive a little earlier in the day. Despite the awful weather it then showed distantly for about 30sec before abruptly vanishing. It didn't show again in the next 3 hours or so!

Finally, we tried again 4 days later in much warmer, drier conditions. It then showed for about 20mins but all my photos of it were badly affected by the heat haze, given its distance.

I do hope it is decided this is a wild, tick-able bird!
Cuckoo, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

Having made two visits to see him last year, a visit to see Colin this year was well overdue. So with a good forecast today seemed a good opportunity.

Arriving on-site at about 10 am I was told I had just missed him, as he had visited at around 09:30. It was then a fair wait until about 12:00 when he reappeared for about 30mins. His next visitation wasn't until around 15:30 which didn't last as long, but was photographically more productive. After that it was time to depart.

Although the Redstart was singing almost non-stop during the morning, it never came in. In fact the only only bird of interest was a Stonechat that arrived mid afternoon.

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To see a gallery of my 2018 and 2019 Cuckoo photos, go to this page.
Cuckoo, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

In coming for his second visit!

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Cuckoo, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

A couple of frames after the shot above.

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Cuckoo, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

A more static pose.

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Cuckoo, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

Looking for food.

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Stonechat, Thursely Common, Surrey

1 June 2019

A welcome diversion during the long waits between Cuckoo visits!
Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

5 May 2019

At high tide, while sitting on the bench that overlooks the harbour down the track from Church Norton, I suddenly became aware that the nearby marshy area contained some Whimbrel. Not only that, they seemed fairly confiding and by sitting still this one eventually came pretty close. It even then tolerated me getting up to follow its movement!

Surprising, as I've always previously found Whimbrel to be very wary. 

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Whimbrel, Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

5 May 2019

As above, as it was still in the process of coming closer.

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Ring Ouzel Cleeve Common Ring Ouzel, Cleeve Common, Gloucestershire

18 April 2019

After quite a wait this bird came moderately close to where I was waiting. Thanks to Jim Hutchins for providing me with info on this site.

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All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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