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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2019/20

  Short-eared Owl, Gloucestershire

6 March 2020

A return visit to this not so secret site, but again the birds were keeping their distance for the most part. Perhaps this is slightly closer than on my previous trip at the start of the year (see below).

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Short-eared Owl & Kestrel, Gloucestershire

6 March 2020

On arrival, I found these birds having a prolonged argument high overhead. It is possible that the Kestrel was trying to steal the vole from the SEO!

They were rather distant, so I thought I'd try this montage of the shots I took, as something a bit different.

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  Kingfisher, Nature Photography Hides, Droitwich

25 January 2020

A productive session at these hides today, despite fewer dives that recently, probably due to the warmer conditions and no recent heavy rain.

A nice reflection here, but it would have been better if the shutter had fired just a ms or two earlier, to capture the tip of the bill just touching the water!

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Kingfisher, Nature Photography Hides, Droitwich

25 January 2020

Coming up with a fish!

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Kingfisher, Nature Photography Hides, Droitwich

25 January 2020

Going down again.

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Kingfisher, Nature Photography Hides, Droitwich

25 January 2020

Just out of the water - coming up with a fish!

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Kingfisher, Nature Photography Hides, Droitwich

25 January 2020

A perched shot towards the end of day on poor light

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  Bewick's Swan, Slimbridge WWT, Gloucestershire

10 January 2020

Over the Tack Piece is a rare brighter spell before the hide became too crowded (even on a Friday!). Very few duck in flight this morning, and the very few that were, were far too fast for me.

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  Short-eared Owl, Gloucestershire

3 January 2020

Again great afternoon light for SEO photos when they started to show from about 13:45 onwards but, at this site, they were all rather keeping their distance.

  Short-eared Owl

30 December 2019

Great late afternoon light for SEO photos! This was my last sighting of the afternoon, not long before the sun set. When reviewing the photos afterwards, I was surprised to see this bird is carrying a prey item - probably a Field Mouse.

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Short-eared Owl

30 December 2019

As above but a fraction of second later!

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Short-eared Owl

30 December 2019

See above. A photo, taken earlier in the afternoon, of a slightly closer bird hunting close to the ground.

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  Bittern, Bucks

14 December 2019

I spent 3 hours this afternoon in this cold, draughty hide and, after about an hour, I had a 20 sec view of a Bittern crossing one of the channels cut in the reeds. Only when it had almost disappeared again did it emerge into sunlight (for about 1 second)!

Thereafter there were no further sightings while I was there....

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  Water Rail, Bucks

14 December 2019

Unlike the Bittern (see above), a Water Rail was on view for much longer, but only once did it come reasonably close to the hide and pose very briefly out in the open.
  Twite, Thornham, Norfolk

6 December 2019

Not an easy bird to photo - one of a group of about 10 that were very flighty and mobile. This benefitted from a hint of sun at the end of a dull day. 

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  Pink-footed Goose, Lady Anne Drive, Holkham, Norfolk

3 December 2019

Taken using the car as a hide, again in sunny later afternoon conditions. 

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  Knot, Titchwell, Norfolk

2 December 2019

One of a very confiding group of birds at the edge of the outer lagoon on our return after the sun had set behind the bank. 

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  Bar-tailed Godwit, Titchwell, Norfolk

2 December 2019

On the beach towards the end of the afternoon, again in great light. 

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  Rough-legged Buzzard, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

1 December 2019

A good start to our week in Norfolk! 

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   Whooper Swan, Welney WWT, Norfolk

30 November 2019

As with the Cattle Egret, this was feeding on the ditch behind the main hide as the sun was setting. The only time I have seen them so close at this reserve, when outside a hide.

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  Cattle Egret, Welney WWT, Norfolk

30 November 2019

This was feeding on the ditch behind the main hide as the sun was setting. The only hide accessible due to the floods!

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  Tree Sparrow, Welney WWT, Norfolk

30 November 2019

Taken from the approach boardwalk to the visitor centre in superb light. The start of our week long trip to North Norfolk.

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  Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

Time to try something new! Spent the day at Pete Whieldon's excellent hide attempting Kingfisher diving shots. Just a very few came out OK.

This one is going up after catching a fish

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

Going down!

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

Going up but away.

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

There was plenty of opportunity for perched shots as well, with different lighting conditions through the day.

This was fairly early on when there was strong sun on the perch but the background was in deep shade. An unusual effect.

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

There was plenty of opportunity for perched shots as well, with different lighting conditions through the day.

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

With fish.

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

20 September 2019

A rare visit to the bull rush.

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