2016: Wildlife photographs.

In 2016 there was less focus on taking pictures of the local wildlife, instead I concentrated more on the landscape surrounding where I live. However there were some interesting pictures. All (except the Barn Owl) taken within 5 miles of Otford Pond in the Darent Valley, Kent.

Local landscape photographs through the year and continuing into next year can be found here:

http://www.davidarmitage.net/Landscapes/100-Photographs/

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Kingfisher. January 1st 2016.

Kingfisher takeoff. Using the wonderful best moment capture on the Nikon V and J series. Not quite sharp on the eye.

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Grass Snake. May 1st 2016

Not often seen – infact the last time I saw a Grass Snake was at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve in July 2013. Then on a warm day on May 1st I saw two different Grass Snakes within 20 minutes. Really wonderful !

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Kestrel. May 7th 2016.

Almost every walk I’ll see a Kestrel. Almost every walk I’ll fail to get an interesting picture, most often the photo is looking directly up with only the Kestrel and sky. This was a little bit better.

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Heron. May 14th 2016.

Two herons, reflections and a crow. Unfortunately a fence post in the background…

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Deer. July 2nd 2016.

Deer in the grass. I very much like this image.

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Badger. July 22nd 2016.

Late night in the local fields. Quietly sitting on a summer evening in the local fields and seeing a Badger going about its business is truly magical.

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Little Owl. August 8th 2016.

There’s a spot in the local fields where every year I see the Little Owls. Only occasionally do they come close enough to get a decent photograph without setting up a hide. This was snapped just walking by.

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Barn Owl. September 18th 2016.

Very late in central Norfolk.

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Kingfisher. October 23rd 2016.

I wasn’t aiming for this image so it was really just a lucky snap. The Kingfisher is emerging from a dive but I’ve stopped the action at a point where it looks like it is taking a bath – not the intention.

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Fox. November 19th 2016.

A dawn walk is often worthwhile.

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Sheep. December 3rd 2016.

A dawn walk is often worthwhile.

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Swan. December 9th 2016.

From the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.

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Kingfisher. December 26th 2016.

Probably the best Kingfisher photograph from this year. The frame proceeding this is better but the Kingfisher has its nictitating membrane closed which reflects back blue.

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Moorhen. December 27th 2016.

While waiting for the Kingfisher the Moorhens often swim around.

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Squirrel. December 31st 2016.

A Squirrel looking cute to end the year.

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