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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)

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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.

Collared dove in flight

Posted in birds, flight, garden, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on 7 June 2008 by bramblejungle
Collared dove in flightSwallow in flight
A day of buzzards and kites at extreme altitude, and the occasional low-flyer like this collared dove – plus an attempt to catch a swallow in flight

Pied wagtail

Posted in birds, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 29 May 2008 by bramblejungle
Pied wagtailSwallowI went out to photograph house martins in the village, but they weren’t there. Meanwhile, I found a pied wagtail and a swallow.
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