Friday, 23 April 2021

Water birds - 20 April

 Great to be able to get out and photo some water birds for the first time in ages. Light was superb! 

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Shelduck - incoming!

Male Shelduck - with reflection

Red-crested Pochard - flyby

Close up Little Egret

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Lark Hill, Wantage - 21 April

1-2 Wheatear on the underground reservoir.

Photo of one here taken on 14 April:

Wheatear (c) Stephen Burch

Starling on 21 April - taken through the chain link fence! (c) Stephen Burch

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Monday, 22 March 2021

More Woodland Birds - 18 March

A return visit. No Nuthatch shots today but a different angle and a Marsh Tit did show. Unfortunately one of them had nasty growths on its head, as did a Great Tit that was even worse. Some infection being passed around at the feeders?

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Marsh Tit upright

Marsh Tit with Blue Tit in the background

Marsh Tit more normal posture


Blue Tit with raised "crest"

Great Tit 

Monday, 8 March 2021

Woodland Birds - February/March

A collection of photos of some local common woodland birds taken recently.

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Nuthatch on side of tree
Nuthatch on the ground

Marsh Tit

Blue Tit
Blue Tit close-up (crop of photo above)
Blue Tit in flight - not an easy one to get!
Great Tit

Monday, 25 January 2021

Wantage & surroundings in the snow - 24 January

Snow always adds interest to photos but sadly in southern England opportunities are very limited. So when there was a snow fall in the morning yesterday, I was keen to get out and find something to photograph. 

First up, walking to Letcombe Regis, I thought there was a fair chance that the Great Bustard would still be in the usual field to the east of the village. Indeed it was and I managed to get a low angle photo that at least showed some snow had fallen.

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Great Bustard in the snow!

Later, I had amazing luck at the top of Chain Hill, just outside Wantage, with an apparent road-kill (a hare?) in the snow close to the road but not on it. There were a few raptors in attendance when I drove past, and this one stayed put when I came back even at point-blank range!

Buzzard on kill in the snow!

This was very close, as shown by the crop below!

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Letcombe Regis - 21 January

A return to nearby Letcombe Regis today in search of the Cattle Egret. This took some time to pin down, but eventually I got some photos of it on the lake off Warborough Road - through a very convenient hole in the large and mostly very solid hedge. It was with at least 2 Little Egrets. Previously, and later, it was in the nearby sheep field by the allotments but it never came close.

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Cattle Egret by the lake
Looking right!

In between looking for the egret, I came across these charming Stonechats on the nearby Downs:

Stonechat female or immature?
Crop of the photo above
The male Stonechat very close

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Letcombe Brook - 2 January

Back for another extended and chilly session! Although I only captured one visit of the bird, at least it was for longer this time and I was able to get photos of the bird in a variety of poses. Conditions were however duller than my last session, when the bird appeared.

The last photos from this site for some time to come, given Lockdown 3...  

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Also go to this gallery for more Kingfisher photos. 

One of the first photos of the visit
Looking left
Looking right and upwards
Looking right and down

Friday, 1 January 2021

Letcombe Brook - 29 December


A couple photos from a cramped 4 hr session in which the bird showed for about 30 sec! 

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Sideways on - looking out over the water
More head on having just flown in