Stephen Burch's Birding & Dragonfly Website

Home | Trip Reports | Gallery | UK index | Oxon pics | UK pics | Dragonflies | Other Nature | Contact | Links


Oxon Bird Pics: Autumn/Winter 2020/21

  Great Northern Diver, Farmoor, Oxon

26 November 2020

This long staying bird is remarkably faithful to a small area of the huge F2 reservoir. Unfortunately it is always tantalisingly distant and never seems to come close enough for really good results.

I arrived at 08:30 only to find the reservoir shrouded in fog. It had only partially lifted when this bird came just a little closer than usual, so a fair amount of Photoshopping was needed for this one.

Click to enlarge
Great Northern Diver, Farmoor, Oxon

26 November 2020

This shot was taken later on when the fog had gone so there was less problem with the contrast. Also the spread wings makes the bird seem bigger, even though it was further away.

Click to enlarge
  Little Egret, Southern Oxon

20 November 2020

The Little Egret was more obliging on another dull day. This was pretty close!

Click to enlarge  
Little Egret, Southern Oxon

20 November 2020

Another flight shot

 
Little Egret, Southern Oxon

20 November 2020

Remarkably close!
  
Little Egret, Southern Oxon

20 November 2020

Also remarkably close! 

Click to enlarge
  Kestrel, Farmoor

19 November 2020

The Scaup were being somewhat un-obliging when I got a call from Bob who asked me to turn around and look the other way, which I promptly did... He was down near the Pinkhill hide with a Kestrel very close by in a tree by the path!

Remarkably it stayed until I got down there for some almost frame filling shots.

An extraordinarily tame bird. Thanks again Bob!

Click to enlarge.
  Kestrel, Farmoor

19 November 2020

Close up of the shot above.
Kestrel, Farmoor

19 November 2020

Another shot of the tame Kestrel - flexing itself prior to flying off.

Click to enlarge
  Crossbill, Buckland

12 November 2020

After a relatively brief visit to Farmoor (see below) I wanted to make the most of the sunny conditions and so headed to this new site near Buckland to attempt to find (and photo) the Crossbills that had been reported from here recently.

A flock of about ten flew in shortly after I arrived and promptly vanished into a tree whilst feeding. They were very difficult to photo being high up in the top of the tree and were generally invisible or highly obscured. This was the only time one appeared out in the open.

  Scaup, Farmoor

12 November 2020

Having been snagged by a fisherman's hook a couple of days ago the Great Northern Diver was unsurprisingly keeping its distance today, but this Scaup eventually proved more obliging in the nice sunny conditions early on today. Thanks to Bob for the heads-up on its presence and whereabouts.

Click to enlarge  
  Little Egret, Southern Oxon

7 November 2020

A reasonably obliging Little Egret on a dull day.

Click to enlarge 
  Great Northern Diver, Farmoor, Oxon

6 November 2020

At last a worthwhile bird in Oxon to chase! My first visit was yesterday afternoon when I saw the bird but only distantly as it was way out in the middle of the reservoir. Today, on arrival the bird was showing conveniently from the eastern bank, i.e. very close to the car park.

Unfortunately this bird was keeping its distance so a severe test even for the 500mm lens with the x2 converter and my new R5. Also the light wasn't great. This was its closest approach and it had this low profile the whole time before turning round and swimming out.
 
Click to enlarge  
Great Northern Diver, Farmoor, Oxon

6 November 2020

Further out and without the earlier sun.
 
Click to enlarge   
Great Northern Diver, Farmoor, Oxon

6 November 2020

Wing flapping.
 
Click to enlarge    
  Grey Wagtail, Southern Oxon

5 November 2020

In the sun with a partial reflection. I like the circular pattern of ripples this bird has created.

Click to enlarge
  Stonechat, Westcot Down, Oxon

31 October 2020

Two birds were by the roadside so I was able to use the car as an effective hide for this shot. Of the two, only this first winter (I presume) seemed willing to get reasonably close!

Click to enlarge

  Kingfisher, Southern Oxon

30 October 2020

It is not easy finding places for bird photography in Oxon currently and the forthcoming lockdown 2 is going to make it even harder!

This is surprisingly sharp considering the distance to the bird which required a substantial crop even when using my 500mm lens with the x2 TC. With the Canon R5, this crop and lens combination gave an effective focal length of just over 3000mm for this photo!

Click to enlarge

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites