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I can't believe it has been 8 years already...

 

A New Year's Day walk was off, as the weather was not great, but the forecast for the 2nd was accurate, blue sky but a bit of a cold wind, so we were off for a walk. What we hadn't considered was that the Christmas Eve flooding would still be an issue. So the route was amended and we had to do a bit of wading through streams and even climbed through a fallen willow! The boots were up to the job though, (we have never tested their waterproofness in Africa) only a tiny amount of water though a lace hole! It was quite busy, I guess given the weather and the restricted pathways and the drive out was the most productive. However, given that I am optimistic about 2021 (but not my trip postponed from Jan to Feb) I will not be posting everything, as there is plenty of time to improve on the quality (I hope!)

 

RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1250, f6.3, 1/2000

 

50791516181_1ee9c7e7ba_k.jpg7T4A7107 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

50790763268_5e7b7d23ba_k.jpg7T4A7110 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

1) Grey heron (on what should be a path)

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I can't believe it has been 8 years already...   A New Year's Day walk was off, as the weather was not great, but the forecast for the 2nd was accurate, blue sky but a bit of a cold wind, so

Well, the weather put paid to any walks this week. It was beautiful this morning, but by the time I had finished work, it was wall to wall cloud. Last weekend we had some short-lived snow, which broug

RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21   Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/2000   7T4A7149 by tdgraves, on Flickr   6) White wagtail

Soukous

Lovely light, lovely photo

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Thanks @Soukous it really made the walk worthwhile. Right at the end of our time there (car park is opposite the gate)...

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Galana

Great start.  Beautiful lighting and reflection.

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Tdgraves

thanks @Galana the best heron shot I have got in the UK so far, I think...

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/2000, EV +2/3

 

50790763828_8c84f57c6e_k.jpg7T4A7139 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

2) Black-headed gulls (in what should be a field)

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Galana
Just now, Tdgraves said:

the best heron shot I have got in the UK so far, I think...

I don't doubt it is better than many others have got too.

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PeterHG

What a beautiful photo to start the new year with! Exquisite lighting and a dreamy setting!

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/1600, EV +2/3

 

50791513106_66e5bcac9e_k.jpg7T4A7012 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

3) Northern lapwing

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Thanks @PeterHG I crept closer and closer to it, but in the end felt bad, so didn't flush it, as it seemed very happy where it was sat

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/2000, EV +2/3

 

50791627627_6f0ab63123_k.jpg7T4A7009 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

4) Great spotted woodpecker

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/2500

 

50790764493_ed04e783fd_k.jpg7T4A7154 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

5) Common pheasant

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/2000

 

50791629892_48b5151943_k.jpg7T4A7149 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

6) White wagtail

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/2500

 

50791629717_484fd0f69c_k.jpg7T4A7144 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

7) Green woodpecker

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/1600

 

50790763573_489cb0e3da_k.jpg7T4A7131 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

8) Redwing

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The last 5 all taken from the car on the drive out. We also saw a buzzard, but it is bordering on the EBC, so can wait...

 

RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/1250, EV +2/3 (a mistake - didn't change settings from before)

 

Male

 

50791630402_2c2f261799_k.jpg7T4A7166 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 800, f7.1, 1/1000

 

Female

 

50791630567_80bd6d8c2e_k.jpg7T4A7168 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

9) European stonechat (I hardly ever see these, so very pleased)

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Zim Girl

Love the Grey Heron picture!

Again very jealous of anyone getting a green woodpecker, definitely my most wanted bird this year.

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Galana

Now look here.

There is only so much we can take. One Woodpecker is nice, TWO is bloody greedy!

Great captures. Worth getting ones feet wet for.

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shazdwn

Stunning heron shots to start the year with. 

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Kitsafari

beautiful capture of the grey heron - such a common and overlooked bird but with the reflection,the heron looked stunning. 

 

eight years! wow you're a founding member and then I had to have a look - 5 started the first BY in 2014 and three remain standing tall  - @Tdgraves @Peter Connan @Soukous. hats off to you three for keeping it up!  

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2 minutes ago, Kitsafari said:

eight years! wow you're a founding member and then I had to have a look - 5 started the first BY in 2014 and three remain standing tall  - @Tdgraves @Peter Connan @Soukous. hats off to you three for keeping it up!  

 

It has been great fun and just taking part has done wonders for my birding skills, albeit making me a much more boring safari companion in the process. Who'd have thought I'd be happy on a game drive where we saw no mammals?

A lot more participants now and birds from all over the world, not just Africa. I just keep on learning and adding places to my wish list. 

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Galana
3 hours ago, Soukous said:

Who'd have thought I'd be happy on a game drive where we saw no mammals?

Stopping the driver/guide for the 21st Bulbul is a great way to ensure you get the truck to yourselves tomorrow. ;)

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elefromoz

Lovely Heron, yes water everywhere there, clearly not bothering the Birds though, a great mix

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Tdgraves

Thanks @Kitsafari and @elefromoz

the upside @Galana and @Soukous is that bird watching on safari tends to conjure good mammal sightings....and if you have a private vehicle, so much the better :ph34r:

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