Pompadour Cotinga

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Welcome to my website on birding and dragonflies in Oxfordshire, the UK and overseas

Introduction

Much of my birding (and bird photography) is done in my home county of Oxfordshire. After birding in this county for many years, I first acquired a digital camera in 2003 for digiscoping. In 2006, in search of higher quality results, I upgraded to a DSLR & 400mm lens, with some further upgrades more recently.

I also venture further afield from time to time, including both elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Holidays can provide good opportunities, and I often try to make the most of various business trips if at all promising in terms of locality and time of year.

In the summer months, when bird activity wanes, dragonfly and damselfly photography is also a strong interest.

Japan trip report

For a report on a memorable trip to Japan click here. Highlights included such megas as Steller's Sea Eagle, Blakiston's Fish Owl, Ural Owl and Japanese Crane!

  • Ural Owl
  • Blakiston's Fish Owl
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Steller's Sea Eagle
  • Red-crowned Crane
  • Red-crowned Crane

Top Twenty Five Gallery and Animation

Click here for my gallery of top twenty five photographs or here to see an animation of them!

Bird Photographs - Latest Additions

Oxon pics Little Grebe Farmoor NEW
Grey Wagtail Letcombe Bassett
Little Stint Farmoor
Black-tailed Godwit Farmoor
18.10.14
21.09.14
06.09.14
06.09.14
UK pics Greenshank Leighton Moss RSPB, Lancs NEW
Black Grouse North Yorkshire NEW
27.08.14
25.08.14

Recent trip Reports

An extremely bird-filled trip to Brazil in April 2004 prompted me to write a trip report, with some of my pics taken, including a reasonable one of an exotic Pompadour Cotinga. I've now added a few more! Links to a selection are given below:

Dragonflies

Latest Dragonfly pics Migrant Hawker Shellingford Pit, Oxon NEW
Common Darter Shellingford Pit, Oxon
Migrant Hawker Shellingford Pit, Oxon
Small-red Damselfly Cothill Fen NNR, Oxon
27.09.14
31.08.14
31.08.14
16.08.14
Latest 2014 Oxfordshire Dragonfly sightings
British dragon & damsel gallery NEW
A gallery of my best British dragonfly and damselfly photos.
Dragonflies and Damselflies in Oxfordshire
See the section of my website devoted to dragonflies in Oxfordshire, including recording for the National Dragonfly Atlas.
Dragonfly Photography
An illustrated page about cameras and lenses for dragonfly photography, and tips on fieldcraft etc.
More features
Butterflies - a small but growing collection of photographs.
Other Nature - see some photographs of Mammals, Flowers, Reptiles and even a few Fungi!
Sunsets slide show
An album with a slide show option for my sunset photos from around the world (1976-2013)! To see a simple page of the same photos click here.
Equipment Comments on EOS 7D updated August 12
Gives technical details of the equipment I use, and reviews.
DLSR Sensor Cleaning
Describes my experiences with DSLR sensor cleaning.
Photoshop & beyond Describes some personal tips on processing digital camera images, using various software tools including PhotoShop Elements and NEAT IMAGE for noise suppression.
Measurements of raw image NOISE levels Updated with extra info on how its done Feb 12
Compares quantitatively the noise levels on raw images from these CANON DSLR's: EOS 350D, 40D, 50D and 7D cameras and discusses arising implications for higher quality photographs.
Measurements of image RESOLUTION
Describes an investigation into the detail resolutions achieved with images from two 400mm lenses and the EOS 350D, and 50D cameras.
Lettice Ramsey
My grandmother - obituaries and her photographs of the famous in Cambridge from the 1930's and later.
Contact
Any comments, questions or requests for prices, contact me by e-mail:stephen_burchemail at yahoo.co.uk
Prints
High quality prints or even e-mails of the digital originals can be supplied, subject to agreement on prices.
Copyright
All pictures on this website are copyright Stephen Burch.
Green Heron
Citrine Wagtail at Farmoor!!
Water RailGlossy IbisWaxwing Oxford March 2009Snipe, Oxfordshire, Feb 2009Kingfisher, Otmoor, OxonShort-eared OwlCattle Egret, Oxfordshire, Jan 2009Turtle Dove, Otmoor, Oxon, UKPomarine Skua, Gloucs, Nov 2009Houbara BustardHooded Oriole, Texas, 2007Red Tailed Tropicbird Hawaii 2006 (DSLR)

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