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Oxon Bird Pics: Spring/Summer 2021

  Wheatear, Farmoor

25 August 2021

It was nice to see two of these birds on causeway but getting close enough for good shots was difficult, given the considerable footfall. Hence I thought I'd see if I could get any flight shots for a change.

This was a bit distant but I find getting onto small birds in flight difficult at the best of times, even with the R5's AF tracking capability.
  Osprey, Farmoor

18 August 2021

I got lucky on my first visit to Farmoor in months! An early report of waders prompted me to go, but when I got there all I could find initially was a juvenile Oystercatcher.

However, shortly afterwards, Isaac West kindly told me that there was an Osprey about! It was often extremely distant but came closer to the causeway a few times. This shot was taken on its last and closest approach, just as it was starting to brighten up. I was using the 500f4 with the x2 TC, hand held for this shot - not something I would normally attempt but with the bird almost overhead it was the only option.

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  Osprey, Farmoor

18 August 2021

See above - a bit more distant and before the sun made a brief appearance.

  Little Egret

21 July 2021

These birds always look so much better in full sun in my opinion! This bird virtually filled the frame.

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Little Egret close up

21 July 2021

A crop of the shot above.
Little Egret

21 July 2021

A reflector shot in the calm conditions.

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  Common Tern

21 July 2021

Close inspection of this photo and others I took showed this bird had a dark blue ring with U21 in white letters on its left leg. Subsequent enquiries via the BTO showed this bird was ringed as a juvenile in Leicestershire in 2018.

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  Bittern, Otmoor

8 July 2021

After a three hour wait, I eventually got some relatively distant shots of the Bittern in flight that has been showing from time to time from the bridleway.

The wings are raised in this shot.

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Bittern, Otmoor

8 July 2021

Wings down in this shot!

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  Curlew, Standlake Pit 60

7 July 2021

This bird flew over calling, circled a couple of times, and then decided against landing.

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  Swift, Farmoor

22 May 2021

I made an unplanned to Farmoor, on the spur of the moment, after seeing reports of plenty of Swifts around. When I arrived it was late morning, and I just had a relatively short time to try for Swifts flying across the water using the R5. This performed a lot better than my previous 7D II would have under the same circumstances. The 7D II would have focussed on the water every time!

After a little while, the clouds parted and the sun came out, which caused all the Swifts to vanish!
 
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Swift, Farmoor

22 May 2021

Even with the R5, flight shots against the sky were more reliable in terms of focusing.
 
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  Hobby

18 May 2021

This was the bird I was hoping for but slightly distant.
 
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  Common Tern

18 May 2021

Came reasonably close to me.
 
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  Little Egret

23 April 2021

A close fly-by - just managed to get on to it with one frame.
 
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Little Egret

23 April 2021

Another close approach in brilliant sunny conditions.

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  Little and Great White Egrets

23 April 2021

A rather distant approach early on just as the sun was coming up. Nice to get both species in the same shot, well illuminated.

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  Shelduck

23 April 2021

The male in mid display.

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  Shelduck

20 April 2021

Really good to be able to get out and find some water birds.

This rapidly incoming bird was a good test for the R5 Auto Focus with the 500mmf4 lens and the x2 converter! Other shots were not as sharp..

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Shelduck

20 April 2021

A nice reflection in the calm conditions and great light.

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  Red-crested Pochard

20 April 2021

A fly-by of this exotic duck.

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  Little Egret

20 April 2021

A close approach!

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  Goldfinch, Garden

4 April 2021

Trying some garden birds again, with the "sky" as a background.

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  Goldfinch, Garden

3 April 2021

Trying some garden birds again - the fence as a background..

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  Robin, Garden

3 April 2021

A surprise visitor very briefly on the perch.

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