Friday, 22 May 2020

Farmoor - 22 May

I arrived at just after the 10am opening time to find the car park already surprisingly full and a long convoy of fishermen's cars streaming up the approach ramp to F2. Clearly the gates must open a little earlier than 10!

It was very windy on the causeway with little to see. I spotted a couple of small waders in the distance but by the time I had reached their location I was told they were 2 Sanderling and a Ringed Plover which had flown off in few minutes earlier and were very wary.

I had been hoping that some of the lovely full summer plumage birds, seen earlier this week, would still be around. Unfortunately they had moved on, leaving only two much greyer birds.

On my return a bit later, I was pleased to find the two Sanderling back on the causeway, walking towards me.  One was at least just beginning to show some summer feathers.

This backlit photo from above was all I could manage in this brief encounter.

Sanderling (c) Stephen Burch

Monday, 18 May 2020

West Hagbourne - 17 May

Had bit of luck when I encountered a large (50+) flock of Red Kites feeding on a freshly ploughed field right by the A417. Some were even still there about 1/2 hour later when I returned with my photo gear!

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Red Kites (c) Stephen Burch

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Farmoor - 14 May

Arriving at just after 10:30 at the recently re-opened Farmoor, I was greeted by a message from Badger saying that there had been  a Curlew Sandpiper just minutes earlier but it had flown and was being looked for. Unfortunately as you can read on  Black Audi's Blog, it was not seen again.

However there was definite compensation in the form of a very showy Sedge Warbler that has adopted a particular twig along the river. I spent just under an hour with it, during which time it was remarkably obliging.


Sedge Warbler (c) Stephen Burch

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Another Hoverfly!

Sideways on this time. I think its the same species (Common Drone) but I'm not entirely sure.

Probable Common Drone Hoverfly (c) Stephen Burch

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Lockdown: Hoverfly in flight!

A FIF or Fly in Flight in my garden.

I believe it to be a Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax).

Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) (c) Stephen Burch

Friday, 10 April 2020

More garden photos!

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Saturday, 4 April 2020

Garden photos

Without any other options, I've been trying some garden bird photography. My setup is evolving but it is not easy when the patrons are  pretty few and far between. Some sessions, nothing at all has landed on the tempting perch carefully arranged for them near to the feeders!

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Sunday, 1 March 2020

Barn Owl & Kingfisher - 29 February

Finally had more success in getting close enough to the Barn Owl at Pinkhill this afternoon, when it briefly showed in very windy conditions. Unfortunately this time, I didn't see it catch anything whereas on other visits recently I've seen it being quite successful.

Prior to that I had also finally managed to get a shot of the Kingfisher, on the perch and the nearby tree in reasonable light, at about 11:00. However it didn't stay long. So a better than average visit!

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