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UK Bird Pics Winter 2007/08

Red Throated Diver, Coate Water, Wiltshire

Red Throated Diver, Coate Water, Wiltshire

23 March 2008

Occasionally briefly coming very close to the shore. This 'close encounter' coincided with an all too rare sunny spell today.

Click to enlarge & also to read the full story behind this pic!

Red Throated Diver, Coate Water, Wiltshire

23 March 2008

This close approach was in dull conditions - note the reduced contrast and duller colours compared with the pic above.

Red Throated Diver, Coate Water, Wiltshire

23 March 2008

Final shot - somewhat more distant than those above, and no sun.

Bearded Tit, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

10 Feb 2008

The calm sunny conditions tempted these delightful birds out from the cover they usually hide in at this site, and quite close to the viewing point.

This is a very heavily cropped pic which has turned out better than expected, given its tiny size in the original combined with the fact that I think it was taken with the x1.4 converter on.

Can you see the Bearded Tit in the centre of the original frame - below?

Brent Goose, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

10 Feb 2008

A superb sunny day for a walk around these marshes. This bird was very obliging, quite close to the path, and unconcerned by passers by.

No need for much cropping on this one!

Brent Goose, Hayling Island, Hampshire

10 Feb 2008

Again quite tame, with high tide bringing them close in.

Short eared Owl (click to enlarge)

Short-eared Owl, Cow Down, Berks

6 Jan 2008

One of at least 5 present on a nice sunny morning. There have been some reports of about 20!

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Short-eared Owl, Cow Down, Berks

6 Jan 2008

See above


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