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UK Bird Pics Winter 2010/11

Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis, Freemans Marsh, Berkshire

8 January 2011

As the sun was almost setting, the bird suddenly raised its wings but unfortunately this uncropped shot didn't include the full bird. Note the remarkable underwing colours though, and the vivid almost orange background due to the low sun.

Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis, Freemans Marsh, Berkshire

8 January 2011

Some sun at last, which transformed this bird from being dull and nondescript to a glossy multi-coloured beauty! The comparison with the earlier shots below is dramatic.

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Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis, Freemans Marsh, Berkshire

8 January 2011

My only shot of it with a small fish (probably a Bullhead). It was feeding well this afternoon, and caught at least 3 of these while I was around.

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This is a Birdguides 'Notable Photo'!

Great White Egret, Great Shefford, Berkshire

3 January 2011

Taken early morning in poor light, en-route to the Glossy Ibis. It looks a bit grumpy in this shot!

Great White Egret, Great Shefford, Berkshire

2 January 2011

A somewhat distant flight shot.

Great White Egret, Great Shefford, Berkshire

2 January 2011

A distant, hand held shot which has cropped quite well (the only one of over 200...).

Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis, Freemans Marsh, Berkshire

3 January 2011

I couldn't resist another trip to see this ace bird - it seems to be getting steadily even tamer. Shame about the vegetation stuck to the bill!

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Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis, Freemans Marsh, Berkshire

31 December 2010

Third time lucky for this amazingly tame local rarity. The light was really poor, but some of the glossy tones can be made out on this photo.

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