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Finally, after causing a twitching sensation for the last few weeks, I managed to find these, a UK first for me...

 

Earith sluice, Cambridgeshire, 14/12/21

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/2000

 

50719862488_d074242301_k.jpg7T4A6867 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/3200

 

50720598206_b3a5bd5df6_k.jpg7T4A6874 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

226) Glossy ibis

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I was looking for somewhere different to go for a walk yesterday and as luck would have it, it was the day that Grafham water had reopened. This had its' downsides though, a couple of trails were very

Grafham water, Cambridgeshire, 2/6/20   Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/2000   7T4A4726a by tdgraves, on Flickr   148) Common chaffinch

A garden duplicate, as the original was verging on an EBC. A pair have moved in and are getting much bolder (and quite loud)...   J19A5198a by tdgraves, on Flickr   J19A5250a by td

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campsafari2015
1 hour ago, Tdgraves said:

Finally....

 

226) Glossy ibis

Are they rare there? Interesting there are three! 

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7 minutes ago, campsafari2015 said:

Are they rare there? Interesting there are three! 

I believe so, although increasingly seen. 82 sightings in 2019 apparently...

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Another first today, a new walk and a new bird (well, I haven't knowingly seen one before...)

Earith Lakes, Cambridgeshire, 15/12/20

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/640

 

50722923528_ec196780f6_h.jpg7T4A6946 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

227) Mistle thrush

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Given we have only 2 weeks left until the end of the year, I think that I am justified in including an EBC. Only my second sighting of the year, so sadly unlikely to be improved upon :angry:

 

Earith Lakes, Cambridgeshire, 15/12/20

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/8000

 

50723704511_f730055b17_k.jpg7T4A6916 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

228) Meadow pipit

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And a couple of duplicates, just because it was such a glorious day

 

50723661006_07e596bf31_k.jpg7T4A6886 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

50722923618_b4be48104b_k.jpg7T4A6954 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Judging by the number of cars at the sluice, I think the glossy ibis were still around as well, but I had to get back for a Zoom meeting....

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I love your Long-tailed Tit photo. I haven't been able to get one this year, although I did have a few sightings.

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Given that we are now effectively in lockdown from Boxing Day, I think it is unlikely that I will improve on this EBC shot. I was planning to go to Welney on Tuesday, but it was really cloudy and now I am not allowed to.

 

WWT Welney, Norfolk, 3/3/20

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 3200, f5.6, 1/2000

 

50695433237_a8d3c97d1a_k.jpg7T4A3452 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

229) Eurasian oystercatcher

 

230) Pied avocet

 

231) Northern shoveler (and friends)

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And a dreaded feeder shot...

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire, 16/8/20

 

Canon 5D mark IV, 100-400 mark II, ISO 5000, f5.6, 1/250

 

50694499293_6d3fff1122_k.jpg7T4A5060 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

232) Eurasian greenfinch

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In the post with the Avocet, have you already counted a Shoveler?

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Soukous
15 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

And a dreaded feeder shot

 

I try and avoid them too, but now that we are confined to barracks I'm loading up the feeder with extra seeds in the hope of something new dropping by. :(

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I will be looking for birds queuing for our feeders from January 1st;)

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elefromoz

If its any consolation, I enjoy seeing the European birds at the feeders, always such pretty little birds.

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shazdwn

Thanks for sharing your birds with us all this year, no shame about a feeder shot

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Thanks @shazdwn but it’s not over yet, I’ve been at work so haven’t had time to post....will do later!

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Just before Christmas I saw a strange bird on the feeders, which looked like a cross between a goldfinch and a chaffinch, so much so, I even looked up if they could hybridise! Luckily it not only reappeared, it allowed me to get some photos from my toilet bird hide, but not after I had got the 5D set up though :(. Not sure I have ended a Big Year on a new bird before, so that is something for this strange year, I suppose....

 

My garden, Cambridgeshire, 26/12/20

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 2500, f5.6, 1/500

 

50775587092_07a4a9d1d2_k.jpgJ19A7957 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 7D mark II, 100-400 mark II, ISO 6400, f5.6, 1/400

 

50774722278_2781b68730_k.jpgJ19A7977 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

233) Brambling

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I had hoped that the Christmas weekend and Tuesday would lead to a couple of walks and hopefully yield a few more birds, but the terrible weather, lockdown and a slight cold put paid to that idea. So my total is rather paltry this year..

 

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However, if you divide by countries visited, it is about as expected...

 

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As you can see, I was a bit bored last week ;)

 

So here's to a better 2021 all round (BY, travel, COVID, Brexit, Trump going etc.) with a better jay, who landed just as I had opened the window of my "hide" for the Brambling, so they are around more than I realised

 

50775474661_4168292631_k.jpgJ19A7951 by tdgraves, on Flickr

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Galana

Congratulations twice.

One for ending on a high with the Brambling and the second for the patience to do the bar chart for your efforts.

Endless fun.

 

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Peter Connan

Great photos to end on! Thanks for keeping us entertained yet again.

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PeterHG

That is a very good bird to finish up with! And in your garden at that. And I join you in hoping for a better year all round!

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Soukous

A gorgeous Jay.

We've had 4 in the garden around the feeder but light has been awful and man are they skittish.

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Kitsafari

a beautiful jay to end 2020 on! 

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michael-ibk

Indeed, a beautiful Jay photo! And cool you get a Brambling in your garden, I haven‘t seen any in 2020. Thanks for taking part again, thoroughly enjoyed your thread - as always.

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