Pompadour Cotinga

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


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 Red-necked Grebe Farmoor NEW
Siberian Chiffchaff Abingdon Sewage Works
UK pics Mandarin Cannop Ponds, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire NEW
Nuthatch Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire NEW
Blue Tit Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire NEW
Hawfinch Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire NEW

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:


2014 Oxfordshire Dragonfly sightings
British dragon & damsel gallery
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.
Gives technical details of the equipment I use, and reviews.
Measurements of raw image NOISE levels Updated with EOS 7D Mk II results, January 2015!!
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.
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 image RESOLUTION
Describes an investigation into the detail resolutions achieved with images from two 400mm lenses and the EOS 350D, and 50D cameras.
DLSR Sensor Cleaning
Describes my experiences with DSLR sensor cleaning.
Lettice Ramsey
My grandmother - obituaries and her photographs of the famous in Cambridge from the 1930's and later.
Any comments, questions or requests for prices, contact me by e-mail:stephen_burchemail at yahoo.co.uk
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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