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LM's 6th BY, 2021 - in search of consistency, with better photography


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Well, lets give this ago again. I don't have much of a plan (incl. no holidays booked at present) but overall I would like to get most of my top ten list, improve my photography (and editing) and get a 200+ score on the board.

 

I looked backed on my performances in the prior years and my track record is spotty at best (bit like an English batsman :blink:) so anything over 200 will suffice for me.

 

2021 - 110

2020 - 0!

2019 - 159

2018 - 225

2017 - 357

2016 - 0?

2015 - 49

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Go for it. Make 2022 your year and bad cess to the Plague.

Start planning.

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Good plan! Looking forward to your photos.

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1. Dartford Warbler, Rainham Marshes, January

 

I've been fortunate this year with a quiet start to the year workwise, allowing me to get out to four birding hot spots. The first of these was Rainham Marshes - my closest RSPB reserve. 

 

At first I just managed an EBC - extra points for those who can find the bird in this Jackson Pollock masterpiece!

 

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Unfortunately, for my EBC collection he did finally show himself clearly. This is first bird in the target list for the year.

 

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2. Reed Bunting, Rainham Marshes, January

 

Rainham is always good for close views of these guys. 

 

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3. House Sparrow, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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4. European Starling, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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5. Goldfinch, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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At this time of year Rainham is just awash with water fowl and thick reed golden reed beds

 

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6. Greylag Geese, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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7. Canada Geese, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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8. Little Egret, Rainham Marshes, January

 

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Welcome back to the game! Beautiful photo of the Egret!

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Off to a good start. Quite a few species in your Rainham overview already, but I'm assuming you're going to show us individual photos of those?

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A good start, and a Dartford Warbler, which I have never seen

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3 hours ago, PeterHG said:

Quite a few species in your Rainham overview already, but I'm assuming you're going to show us individual photos of those?

Makes a game in itself. I counted five species.

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On 1/23/2022 at 3:07 PM, Galana said:

Makes a game in itself. I counted five species.

@Galana- Good idea! I make it six species - I think there is cheeky Wood Pigeon on the bank at the back

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@PeterHG- I was originally tempted to use it to cover 5-6 species but if I cover all those in one I might not have much else for the year :D

 

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9. Mediterranean Gull, Burgess Park, London, January

 

Mediterranean Gull is another one of my top ten targets and one had been reported in my local park for a few days so I thought I would give it a go.

 

Of course when, I turned up it immediately flew away 

 

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But thankfully it wasn't for long

 

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10. Black-headed Gull, Burgess Park, London, January

 

The Mediterranean Gull was in amongst the seemingly ubiquitous flock of BHGs

 

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12 hours ago, lmSA84 said:

@Galana- Good idea! I make it six species

Could be seven if those are teal on the far bank next to the Woody, which I had counted. Did you miss the Snipe?:)

I thought at one stage there was a Moorhen too but it was not black enough.

Nice pair of Gulls.

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On 1/26/2022 at 10:05 AM, Galana said:

Could be seven if those are teal on the far bank next to the Woody, which I had counted. Did you miss the Snipe?:)

I thought at one stage there was a Moorhen too but it was not black enough.

Nice pair of Gulls.

 

@Galana- you have some Eagles eyes! I had to stare and stare to see the Snipe. I had Shoveler, Wigeon, Pintail, Coot, Wood Pigeon and Teal (is front centre, below the Snipe), then with the Snipe is seven and I reckon there is a Moorhen on the back bank next to right of the Wood Pigeon. 

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I suppose I should get on sharing some of the birds listed in my collage. 

 

11. Snipe, London Wetland Centre, January

 

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12. Wood Pigeon, London Wetland Centre, January

 

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13. Eurasian Coot, London Wetland Centre, January

 

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