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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2005/2006

Laughing Gull, Reading, Berks

18 March 2006

I was remarkably lucky with this bird. It appeared for the first time today, just a few minutes after I arrived.

female Brambling, Lavell's Lake, Berks

18 March 2006

Below the feeders at the Tern hide. Unfortunately, I didn't manage any acceptable shots of the males, which were begining to assume summer plumage.

Smew, Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

4 March 2006

Smew seem to be very wary, and getting close without a hide is very difficult. This was the best long range effort I could manage.

Hoopoe, Gosport, Hampshire

14 January 2006

A good efficient twitch! But the light was very poor for this remarkably obliging bird, so good shots were pretty difficult with digiscoping gear. This is my 299'th UK species!

Oystercatcher, Girdleness, Aberdeenshire

5 October 2005

I was hoping for Purple Sandpiper pics, but they were out of range during this brief end of afternoon visit, after a business meeting.

Snipe, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucs

24 September 2005

The South Lake had a good collection of waders, but only this Snipe was in reasonable range of the hide.

Little Crake, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucs

24 September 2005

Slimbridge is within my twitching range! This was not an easy bird to digiscope on a shortish weekend visit, though. It kept moving nearly the whole time, and a full Zeiss hide is not conducive to the stability needed for digiscoping!

For this pic, the scope was too low and so only half the lens was above the bottom of the hide window. Nevertheless, with PhotoShop it is amazing how well the washed out original can be improved.

More pics of the Little Crake. Not good enough quality to show any larger.
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