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UK Bird Pics Winter 2018/19

Stonechat, Bury Down, Berks

21 February 2019

No sign of my main target this afternoon, but in this Stonechat was some compensation in the glorious light just before sunset.

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Waxwing, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire

5 January 2019

These birds weren't being very obliging and the light was truly awful! This was the best I could do before it got dark. Always a nice bird to see though. They don't often make it as far south as Oxfordshire, after all.
Mistle Thrush, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire

5 January 2019

I visited this area after Adel Dams (see below) to try to connect with the Waxwings that had been reported. This humble thrush briefly made a good substitute!
Jay, Adel Dam YWT, Leeds, West Yorkshire

5 January 2019

Note the distended crop - this bird had just swallowed at least one large acorn!

I'd spotted Jay pics from this site on-line, so took the chance to visit, for the first time, on a weekend trip to see relatives nearby. Getting natural photos of Jays at the first hide (away from the feeders) wasn't easy here though - and this was my only worthwhile image during a stay of over 2 hours. This small hide, and the whole reserve, was very popular on this Saturday but the birds coming to the feeders (Jays included) didn't seem too bothered.

The second hide is reputed to have Kingfishers but I didn't get that far - as the Waxwings in nearby Crossgates were calling (see above).

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Jay, Coate Water, Wiltshire

28 December 2018

Thanks to Brian Waller for providing me with info on this site, and where best to see the Jays. Also thanks to Tony.

After a fair wait, at least one came in! My first photos of this normally very wary (and hence distant) species.

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Jay, Coate Water, Wiltshire

28 December 2018

Another image, this time one of the few I managed to get with an acorn in the bill.

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Jay, Coate Water, Wiltshire

28 December 2018

Another shot!

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Water Rail, Coate Water, Wiltshire

28 December 2018

At least two of these normally very wary birds were pottering around almost all the time!

This photo was taken as the light was fading but the sun suddenly made a welcome appearance.

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Coal Tit, Coate Water, Wiltshire

28 December 2018

These birds were very fast and difficult to photo.

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