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Oxon Bird Pics: Autumn/Winter 2021/22

  Little Grebe, Southern Oxon

25 November 2021

Difficult to find suitable photographic subjects at present in Oxon, but this came pretty close after a short wait. Although the bird was in shade, the sun was out and the autumn colours surrounding this pool are reflected in the water. 

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  Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

27 October 2021

A return visit to Port Meadow hoping for some closer photos of the star visitor. After something of a wait, I wasn't disappointed. This shot was taken from a distance of just a few meters, and is hardly cropped at all!

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Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

27 October 2021

Crop of the photo above.

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  Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

27 October 2021

No apologies for another shot of this confiding gem!

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Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

27 October 2021

Crop of the shot above.

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  Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

23 October 2021

A quick change of plans, saw me heading up to Port Meadow. After some difficultly paying for the Walton Road car parking, I headed to the flood where several birders were watching this county rarity. Someone soon put me onto it, and after I setup in a "forward position", it worked its way somewhat closer, enabling me to get this heavily cropped image.

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Pectoral Sandpiper, Port Meadow

23 October 2021

See above.

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  Great White Egret

19 October 2021

I was fortunate to get this photo in a brief brighter moment this morning. Very dull for the rest of the time.

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  Great White Egret

28 September 2021

Glorious light for a change earlier in the morning today. This bird was working its way towards and getting sufficiently close for me to start thinking about taking the x2 extender off the 500mm lens.

However before I could do anything, it suddenly and without warning, flew off. It was only by a small miracle that I managed to get one or two shots of the whole bird in the frame, and fairly sharp!

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  Wryneck, Lark Hill, Wantage

20 September 2021

Yesterday morning I went for this bird just after it had been reported but had only fleeting views and no photos.

So when it was reported to be still present today I went back in the evening. This time my luck was in when the bird landed in front of me on the track! Prior to that it had been close by but partially obscured in a bush.

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Wryneck, Lark Hill, Wantage

20 September 2021

Crop of the shot above.
  Ruff, Farmoor Reservoir

3 September 2021

Good to find this very obliging Ruff was still present today in slightly brighter conditions than two days ago.

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Ruff, Farmoor Reservoir

3 September 2021

Crop of the shot above showing the benefit of the R5's 45MP sensor!

  Ringed Plover, Farmoor Reservoir

1 September 2021

I arrived at Farmoor to find that yesterday's Purple Sandpiper had regrettably moved on. There were however a few waders remaining including this very obliging juvenile. It simply walked right up to me!

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  Sand Martin, Farmoor Reservoir

1 September 2021

With my previous Canon 7DII, I had long since given up trying for hirundine flight shots as a bad job. However the R5's eye AF tracking capability makes the previously almost impossible considerably more feasible.

These birds were however very tricky targets with incredibly erratic flight in the moderate wind.

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