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UK Bird Pics Winter 2008/09

Brent Goose, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

21 February 2009

Unfortunately too close to get the whole bird in, but quite sharp considering a shutter speed of only 1/1000 sec, and a fast moving, near target!

Long eared Owl, Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

21 February 2009

A digiscoped record shot of this splendid bird, which was unfortunately well tucked-in to the bush, and too distant for anything like reasonable results with the DSLR. This was the only pic which showed the bird's eye open. Fast asleep the rest of the time, it seemed.

Tree Sparrow. Click to enlarge Tree Sparrow, Loch of Strathbeg, Aberdeenshire

18 February 2009

Apparently there is a thriving colony at this northerly RSPB reserve. The feeders are situated right by the car park, so this pic was taken without needing to get out of the car!

Quite obliging birds, unlike their Oxfordshire counterparts that I was trying to get to grips with recently!

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Rock Pipit, Girdleness, Aberdeen

18 February 2009

Seemed to like the road, right by the car!

Purple Sandpiper. Click to enlarge Purple Sandpiper, Girdleness, Aberdeen

18 February 2009

Poor conditions for photography - drizzle and dull light, but amazingly this pic and the one below are quite sharp. Shows the value of a tripod.

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Purple Sandpiper, Girdleness, Aberdeen

18 February 2009

See above

Purple Sandpiper, Girdleness, Aberdeen

18 February 2009

And another one.. Note the rain drops on the bird's back!

Short Eared Owl, Bury Down

14 February 2009

Slightly more obliging than a few weeks ago, in glorious sunny conditions this morning. This is a quite heavily cropped pic, using the x1.4 TC.

Compliments the flight pic taken here last year.


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