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Oxon Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

 Barn Owl
Barn Owl, Downs

17 February 2013

My first perched Barn Owl pic - just about sharp enough, but it was taken very much into the light. I just need a better one now...
Kingfisher, Letcombe Bassett

17 February 2013

A lucky shot as this bird actually flew towards where I was waiting and perched not too far away! As ever, could have been closer - this is highly cropped, but the moss on the branch adds something to the composition.
Sparrowhawk, Shellingford Pit

19 January 2013

This bird suddenly appeared quite close just as I was leaving, having seen an impressive flock of about 50 Snipe.

Some reward for venturing out in the snow! This site also worked for me on a similarly snowy but much brighter Saturday, back in 2009.

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Male Smew, Dix Pit

5 January 2013

It was quite a surprise to suddenly see two of these splendid male birds in flight over Dix pit. Fortunately they settled and stayed for a couple of hours, but were always distant and very wary.
 Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe, Farmoor

5 January 2013

I have been after a pic of one of the Farmoor Slavs for some time, and I finally got close enough today!
 Long tailed Duck
Long tailed Duck, Baulking

15 December 2012

A distant but very smart bird. Adults are very rare in Oxon - we usually only get immatures.

I am now back in Oxon after a great 3 week holiday in New Zealand - a trip report will appear in due course!

Scaup, Farmoor

10 November 2012

Reasonably close in to the causeway on the F1 side. No doubt about the ID of this one - a nice well marked bird - presumably the adult female?

Wheatear, Farmoor

22 September 2012

A very obliging bird on the eastern side of F1 - near the treatment works.

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