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Kestrel

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 24 January 2016 by bramblejungle

I was lucky to see a kestrel hunting from an electricity pole:

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Flying and stooping from height (click the images for the full picture)
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

and hovering low (though I didn’t see a successful hunt)

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Holidays again

Posted in birds, flight, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 29 August 2013 by bramblejungle

Once again I left Oxfordshire for a while to explore the wildlife of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Welney and the RSPB reserve at Snettisham, both in Norfolk. Here are just a few shots:

At Welney, a House Martin in flight, a Yellow Wagtail and a Swallows’ nest
House Martin (Delichon urbica)Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)Swallows (Hirundo rustica) on nest

and on the water a Black-tailed Godwit.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

At Snettisham, a Ringed Plover, a Turnstone and a Dunlin
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

What else is flying?

Posted in birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, pigeon, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 1 July 2013 by bramblejungle

I thought I’d keep the camera pointed skywards for a bit, just to see what I could capture:Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
A woodpigeon – plenty of those, but they fly fast so getting an “in-flight” shot was an achievement for me;

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) in flight

A goldfinch: they fly in bursts, alternating powered flight with folded-wing gliding;
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
A swallow, twisting and turning to catch insects,

Swift (Apus apus)

and a swift – as usual too high for a really clear shot, but identifiable by the wing shape and white chin.

Birds in flight

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , on 21 June 2013 by bramblejungle

We’re still short of insects, and I haven’t yet seen any scarlet tiger moths at the local hot-spot – I’ll keep looking – but in one respect we have to be amongst the luckiest people on the planet.

On a (rare) sunny evening, all I have to do is point a camera upwards to capture one of the most majestic birds in existence
Kites in the evening sun

Not just one – loads of them. This one (beak wide open) is making its characteristic “whee-oo” call
Kites in the evening sun
and I think this one was wondering whether I’m edible

Kites in the evening sun

Once common city scavengers, extinct in England from the 19th century till their reintroduction about 20 years ago, now back where they belong.

Garden birdwatch 2013

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, wildlife with tags , , on 26 January 2013 by bramblejungle

Sparrows and starlings still here, but no finches at all. The count was supervised by a red kite (I probably shouldn’t have counted it).

Birdwatch
Big Garden Birdwatch 2013

Holiday photos

Posted in birds, flight, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , on 24 August 2012 by bramblejungle

I’m just back from a few days around Norfolk, including visits to the RSPB reserves at Snettisham and Titchwell Marsh. Nothing to do with Hagbourne, of course, but definitely plenty of wildlife, and more photos from

Snettisham

Titchwell

SpoonbillWall Brown (Lasiommata megera)Oystercatchers

A good day for kites

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, oxfordshire, wildlife with tags , on 30 June 2012 by bramblejungle

We often see one or two red kites here, but today there were 12, the largest group I’ve seen here. Watch out if you’re having a barbecue!Red kite

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