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 Thirty Gallery

Click here for my gallery of top thirty photographs.

Bird Photographs - Latest Additions

Oxon pics Grey Phalarope Farmoor NEW
Black necked Grebe Baulking
Red necked Grebe Farmoor
UK pics Teal Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset NEW
Black-tailed Godwit Lodmoor RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset NEW
Great black-backed Gull Portland Bill, Dorset NEW
Rock Pipit Portland Bill, Dorset NEW
Hooded Merganser Radipole RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset NEW
Mediterranean Gull Radipole RSPB, Weymouth, Dorset 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:


2015 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.
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.
White necked Jacobin
Orange Winged Parrot
Yellow eyed Penguin
Wandering Albatross
Houbara Bustard
Red Tailed Tropicbird Hawaii 2006 (DSLR)
Red throated Diver
Black necked Grebe
Black Grouse
Pectoral Sandpiper
Glossy Ibis
Green Heron
Snipe, Oxfordshire, Feb 2009Short-eared Owl

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