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Birds - Page 1

These pages contain a small selection of bird photographs, mostly taken in my home area of Oxfordshire, UK. An up-to-date record of bird sightings in Oxfordshire can be found at the Oxon Bird Log.

This page concentrates on birds seen at my local Farmoor Reservoir. Many seabirds and waders, which are common elsewhere, are quite scarce locally and always arouse interest when they occur. More information about the birds of Farmoor can be found on the
Oxford Ornithological Society website.

Other pages are grouped as follows:

2 - garden birds in Winter
3 - Otmoor and around Oxon
4 - 2010 update
5 - 2011 update
6 - 2012 update
7 - 2013 update


Compare Arctic (Sterna paradisaea) and Common (S. hirundo) Terns in flight
Note different silhouettes - Arctic has short head and longer body behind the wings, also shorter bill and legs.
Common has darker underwing with ragged black tips to the primaries and a
dark primary wedge


A Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) caught as it skims the water surface of Farmoor Reservoir, making a 'furrow' and leaving droplets behind.

May 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/3000s, f/6.7

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A Spring passage of Terns brought Black, Arctic, and Common Terns to Farmoor Reservoir. This Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) had been ousted from its perch on the buoy and was fighting back!

April 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/3000s, f/6.7

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These Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus) were looking very handsome in their newly acquired breeding plumage at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon.

March 2010

Nikon D300s with 70-300VR lens, 1/250s, f/8

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Two views of 'ritual feeding' as part of Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) courtship behaviour. The male bird is offering a fish to the perched female at Pinkhill Reserve, by Farmoor Reservoir.

May 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/1500s, f/5.6

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A slightly later shot from the above. The male appears to be 'bowing' to the female who is holding the fish.

May 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/1500s, f/5.6

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A migrating Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) caught by chance as it overflew Farmoor Reservoir.

August 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/2000s, f/5.6

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This Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens) was all on its own at Farmoor Reservoir and posing well for photographs when I saw it on 7th October 2007. It was identified late on the following day and about 600 birders saw it on the 9th.

October 2007

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/350s, f/8

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An unusual view of a Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), with a cygnet apparently in charge of navigation! Photo taken at Pinkhill Reserve, by Farmoor Reservoir.

May 2007

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/350s, f/5.6

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A Garganey (Anas querquedula) is not often seen at Farmoor. I took this photo in the early morning when the reservoir was mirror-calm.

March 2011

Nikon D300s with 70-300VR lens, 1/1000s, f/6.7

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The two Great Northern Divers (Gavia immer), which wintered at Farmoor Reservoir during 2008/09, interacted more strongly as Spring approached.

February 2009

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/1500s, f/5.6

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Mixed groups of waders sometimes pass through Farmoor Reservoir during Spring and Autumn migrations. This trio includes Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Dunlin (Calidris alpina), and Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), all feeding together at the water's edge.

May 2009

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/500s, f/6.7

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A Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) is a very scarce passage migrant, inland. This example at Farmoor Reservoir shows its partially webbed feet very clearly.

September 2008

Nikon D70 with 70-300VR lens, 1/500s, f/5.6

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