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UK Bird Pics Autumn/Winter 2023/24

  Stonechat (f/imm), Chesil Beach CP, Dorset

8 March 2024

During this week away in Weymouth (one of our regular haunts) I tried this car park a few times as I've previously had some success here.

This time I found a pair of relatively obliging Stonechats. In the strong wind they were favouring a sheltered area behind a bush, so I drove up to it and waited using the car as a hide.

Not for the first time, it was the female/immature that was the more obliging in the very dull conditions that day.

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Stonechat (m), Chesil Beach CP, Dorset

8 March 2024

A somewhat more distant shot of the less confiding male, during a slightly brighter spell.

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  Mallard, Lodmoor, Dorset

6 March 2024

With very high water levels the western path at Lodmoor was very quiet but with the lovely afternoon light I hung around a bit. After one or two Mallards had come racing past me, it seemed that getting to one would be the only worthwhile shot here.

So when a single male approached a small group of Mallard I hot my lens on them just in case of action. Suddenly they all leapt into the air and I managed to keep on them as they sped past. The R5's AF did its stuff even if it was focussed on the bird behind this one.
 
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  Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

My first visit to Pete Whieldon's Kiingfisher hide since August 2021.

Unlike that day, the light this time was very flat and dull, which made getting diving shots extremely challenging. Indeed, without the remarkably effective modern AI noise reduction software these images would have been hopelessly grainy.

This shot was taken using the R7's pre-capture facility at ISO 25,600. Given this camera's relatively poor high ISO performance, this image is a minor miracle!
 
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For other photos from this session and several others, see my Kingfisher gallery.
Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

Same dive as above but by this point the bird had drifted a bit out of focus.
 
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For other photos from this session and several others, see my Kingfisher gallery.
Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

This diving shot was taken with the alternative approach of pre-focussing and then just blasting away when the bird dived. Again at ISO 25,600 but from the R5 which is better than the R7 at high ISO. Hence a slightly less challenging subject for the AI software.

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For other photos from this session and several others, see my Kingfisher gallery.
Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

For much of the day it was simply too dark to attempt action shots, with perched images the only option.

This photo was taken early in the day.

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

Another early shot with the bird having just caught a fish

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For other photos from this session and several others, see my Kingfisher gallery.
Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

Swallowing a fish!

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Kingfisher, Otterbourne, Hampshire

25 January 2024

Later in the day. The bird looks like it was about to depart, but it didn't!

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For other photos from this session and several others, see my Kingfisher gallery
  Bar-tailed Godwit, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk

28 November 2023

My annual vigil on the tideline at Titchwell Beach was more extended than usual, and benefited from sunny conditions almost throughout - except for this shot! Nevertheless the light was still good for this closest approach of the afternoon.

Today, all the waders were flying low so that the background was surf, and a challenge for even the R5's AF capabilities.

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  Sanderling, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk

28 November 2023

My first shot of this species in flight. I find it very difficult to get on to these small waders dashing along the tideline against the sea.

This was a remarkably lucky shot as the AF point was somewhere else completely in the FOV!

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  Dunlin, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk

28 November 2023

Again my first shot of this species in flight, I think.

At least the AF point was on this bird!

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  Turnstone, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk

28 November 2023

The last of the wader quartet from that memorable afternoon.

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  Whooper Swans Welney WWT, Norfolk

24 November 2023

Completely contrary to the forecast there was plenty of sun for our annual afternoon visit to Welney, en-route to North Norfolk.

With extensive flooding only the main hide was open with even the photo hide below being closed.

In this photo, the sun was just about to set casting an amazing pink tone onto these swans so they looked more like Flamingos!

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Whooper Swans Welney WWT, Norfolk

24 November 2023

On the main flood from the hide. Again nice low sunlight but the elevated position wasn't the best.

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  Whooper Swan Welney WWT, Norfolk

24 November 2023

Flapping its wings on the bank behind the main hide

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