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29711191473_f867900168_b.jpgRed Kite Gigrin Farm by Dave Williams, on Flickr

Red Kite at Gigrin Farm where they feed them daily and offer the opportunity to photograph them. In the early 1960's there were only 20 pairs in the whole of the UK,all in Wales. They have been brought back from the edge of extinction and they would be classed by some as habituated. Still as wild as wild can be though and the food provided is an extra to their normal diet.

The story of Gigrin can be found here:-

http://www.gigrin.co.uk/about-gigrin-farm/

 

The photo details are Canon 1DX2, 600mm f4 at f5.6, 1/1250sec ISO 640

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Another one. Two golden eagles arguing over eating-rights. Beautiful birds, cold an snowy, perfect eagle-conditions! Also taken in the steep hills of Dalen in Telemark, Norway. D4s+tammy 150-600.  

Northern Carmine Bee-eaters taking advantage of savanna fire. Mago national park, Ethiopia, Feb 2015  

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25494379735_f3f177ba83_b.jpgBee Hummingbird endemic to Cuba by Dave Williams, on Flickr

 

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird on the planet and endemic to Cuba. I was delighted to find somewhere to see one, it was at the top of my wanted list, but photographing one was an altogether more difficult task. The male bird, El Macho , was particularly non co-operative! I tried on 4 separate occasions but for one reason or another things didn't go quite to plan. They are very fast, the shutter speed needed to get anywhere close to freezing the action was 1/8000th sec and it still didn't manage it. To get that shutter speed I had to use ISO 16000 so noise was inevitable.

Still, what a fabulous little bird whose colours change depending on the direction of the light.

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A couple of commonly sighted locals in my suburb, Osprey and Forest Red Tailed Cockatoo (although the Cockatoo is listed as threatened)

 

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Dave Williams

Stunning shot of the Red tail.

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The Arctic Tern, the bird that migrates the longest distance every year. Breeds up north, over winters way down south, well I guess it's summer there then. A pattern I'm trying to copy!

28026852442_2af7bab5a9_b.jpgArtic Tern Isle of May,Scotland 2016 by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Peter Connan

Stunning capture Dave!

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Living in the UK it often seems that the best birds are to be found in other countries. Not true though, it's more a case of "the grass is greener".

Amongst other things we have some of the best seabird colonies in the world. My own favourite is the Isle of May which is 5 miles off the Fife coast, just north of Edinburgh the capital of Scotland. In the summer there are a few hundred thousand birds on a tiny island of about a mile long and a couple of hundred yards wide. Most people go to see the 46,000 pairs of Atlantic Puffins but on my last visit my target was to capture a Razorbill in flight with a bill full of fish. A much rarer sight but doable with a bit of patience!

27998679811_ffddc7de45_b.jpgRazorbill Isle of May,Scotland,2016 by Dave Williams, on Flickr

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Definitely not a detailed record shot but for me it captures the moment - NZ white fronted terns on the Canterbury coast north of Christchurch

 

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Taken with a Nikon D7200, 70-300mm lens @ 280mm, f/18, 1/80sec, ISO 100

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And slighty nicer... Bar-tailed Godwit on the same beach.

 

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This time taken at 270mm, f/7.1, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400

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Finally for now, back to the white fronted terns and a better picture of record.

 

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D7200, 70-300 @ 300mm, f/7.1, 1/3200sec, ISO 800

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Martial eagle on a recent mobile safari to Liuwa Plain NP.

 

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offshorebirder

Here are a couple of photos of a large flock of ducks (primarily Gadwall but also American Wigeon, Shovelors and Green-winged Teal). A Bald Eagle frightened them and they took flight and then shifted around a few times.

 

Photo was taken this past weekend on a private plantation in coastal South Carolina, just south of Charleston - in the ACE Basin.

 

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Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Sth Luangwa 2016.


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Dave Williams

That's a nice capture Geoff.

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Peter Connan

Beautiful!

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An unusual one for me. I've only seen this bird once. I believe it is a Marsh Harrier. Sorry for the blurry photo.

 

Chinko Basin, Central African Republic.

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An unusual one for me. I've only seen this bird once. I believe it is a Marsh Harrier. Sorry for the blurry photo.

 

Chinko Basin, Central African Republic.

 

 

Yes Adam, is a female Marsh Harrier, with that beautiful flight like all Harriers.

I get to see this bird almost daily , there are many here in Spain. It is always nice to see them but not as exciting as would be to see them in Chinko!!!!

 

Paco

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I am following Adam here,another flying bird from Western Africa!

 

 

Palm-nut Vulture. Incredibly this is the only specie of vulture we can find in Odzala.

 

 

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Corellas - Kangaroo Island, South Australia

 

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Frigatebird (apologies if incorrect!!) - Lady Elliot Island, Australia

 

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Vulture - Northern Serengeti, Tanzania

 

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Greater Striped Swallow ( Cecropis cucullata)

Klein Karoo, South Africa

 

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White-throated Bee-eater taking flight. Lake Victoria, south of Kisumu town.

 

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Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus)

Klein Karoo, South Africa

 

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Common ( Steppe) Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Klein Karoo, South Africa

 

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I spent quite a while trying to sort out these 2 buzzards. I hope I've got it right but would be happy if someone tells me I'm wrong.

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Spur Winged Geese (Plectropterus gambensis)

 

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