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I had an unexpected free afternoon today and the sun was out, so I thought I'd give it a go....

 

I saw some of these by the road in and hoped that I may catch one somewhere where I could stop the car and luckily enough, I did. My first ever photo of one!

 

RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire, UK, 3/12/19

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1600

 

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467) Fieldfare

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Tdgraves

These were a bit trickier - skulking and shy!

 

RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire, UK, 3/12/19

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/640

 

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Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/3200

 

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468) Redwing

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And because we have been lacking lots of new birds recently, some duplicates...

 

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My first ever attempt at a murmuration (could have done with the 5D and a shorter lens..)

 

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Hoping for a couple more in the next few weeks...

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We went to a sunrise event at WWT Welney this morning, but the weather was not kind. Windy and cloudy, sunrise kind of passed us by. There were a few meadow and water birds, but the light was terrible. Managed to get this one for the BY, my first attempt at a flying owl in the UK!

 

WWT Welney, Norfolk, UK, 8/12/19

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/1000

 

 

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469) Barn owl

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My garden, Cambridgeshire, UK, 7/12/19

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2500, f5.6, 1/320 (through glass)

 

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470) Greenfinch

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Tdgraves

Scraping the barrel now...

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire, UK, 26/8/19

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2500, f5.6, 1/400 

 

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471) Blue tit

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I really like your Barn Owl shot - very difficult against that background and it came out really well.

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Tdgraves

Getting difficult now, still nursing virus no. 3 for the month, so unlikely to venture out tomorrow - unless a thrush or jackdaw appears in the garden....

 

Huntingdon, iPhone 8, 20/6/19

 

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472) Green woodpecker

 

Seems a shame to end the year on an EBC...

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michael-ibk

But always great to see a Green Woodpecker! Get well soon, you will need all your energy in 2020! ;)

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Tdgraves
1 minute ago, michael-ibk said:

But always great to see a Green Woodpecker! 

 

Especially at work @michael-ibk

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Galana

Get well soon.

No shame with EBCs in any year. I should know!:P

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Sorry to hear about your viruses - hope you will be well soon 

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PeterHG

I do hope the start of the new year will make you feel better!

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Tdgraves

Thanks @Galana @TonyQ and @PeterHG the day off work and lie in until 10.30 certainly helped....

Got a new motion camera for Christmas, so will check that later in the vain hope of a jay, thrush or a jackdaw...or something more exotic!

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Dave Williams

Happy New year from me too. Hope you are soon feeling better, there is a lot of ill health going around at the moment, Claire is suffering too.

Great score for the BY, frustratingly close to 500 but that's maybe next year now. Green Woodpecker is second on my target list to see in 2020 so I'd be happy with what you got!

 

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Tdgraves

Thanks @Dave Williams this one is really lingering.

 

Annoying that I had no thrush, jackdaw or rook to bump the numbers up a bit, still, more than 50 better than last year, so can't complain. The new motion camera is much better resolution, all the usual mammal suspects but nothing to help the BY. Rudolf wanted a selfie though!

 

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Happy New Year to all...here's to another BY in 2020!

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michael-ibk

Happy New Year!

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Kitsafari

No shame on EBCs in my book either. Just look at my list...🤣

 

Hope you're feeling better n happy new year.

 

 

 

 

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Peter Connan

Happy new year and a speedy recovery!

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PeterHG
2 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

that in two weeks time, we’ll be half way to Joburg ;)

Now that sounds like a plan! I'm definitely following your example. Have a great time in SA!

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Zim Girl

I have spent the last 2 years trying to find a green woodpecker, so not a bad bird to finish on.

Happy New Year and have a great time in SA.

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lmSA84

Happy New Year and hope you’re feeling better 

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Tdgraves

Thanks @PeterHG @Zim Girl and @lmSA84

Today is week 3 and I am still on the pills, but perhaps feeling a bit better (fingers crossed). Hopefully the weekend and then a short week will help. Clearly being in the KTP will be the ultimate cure...

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