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UK Bird Pics Winter 2018/19

Black Redstart, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 March 2019

Imagine my surprise when we spotted this beauty hopping around the car park almost immediately after driving in for a speculative visit. In the morning, the weather was very dull and it even started raining. It was even more surprising the bird was still present in the afternoon after we'd walked round Portland Bill.

This time the weather was brighter and I got this shot very soon after arriving (for the second time).

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Black Redstart, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 March 2019

Another photo showing the back and tail a little better

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Black Redstart, Ferrybridge, Dorset

23 March 2019

The view from behind, albeit from slightly further away.
Lesser Yellowlegs, Lodmoor, Dorset

23 March 2019

During our stay in Weymouth, I'd popped in to look for this rarity a couple of time previously. Both times it was showing very well from the western track but the conditions were extremely dull.

So on the last afternoon, I tried again after the Black Redstart (above) and again found the "legs" almost immediately on arrival. This time my photos benefitted from the slightly brighter conditions, with the yellow legs particularly prominent!

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Lodmoor, Dorset

23 March 2019

Another photo of the bird - more in the water this time.

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Lodmoor, Dorset

23 March 2019

Another photo - on dry land!

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Lesser Yellowlegs and Ruff, Lodmoor, Dorset

22 March 2019

The "legs" seemed to be associating with this white Ruff for my earlier visits, when it was quite dull.

This is probably my most interesting shot, showing both of them together, with their almost perfect reflections an added bonus!

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Ruff, Lodmoor, Dorset

21 March 2019

This white Ruff seemed to be associating with the Lesser Yellowlegs - see also above!

The photo was taken in very dull conditions. Hence the grey mud behind.

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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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