A Little Owlet landing…

August 26th, 2014

Here is one from this years session with the Little Owls.

The Little Owls started nesting quite early this year, so when the breeding season began I thought that two broods could be a real possibility. The weather was nice and warm when the Owlets finally hatched, so again I thought that they would be anxious to leave the barn and get out into the fresh and cooler air. How wrong I was. This years Owlets spent weeks and weeks in the nest and when they did finally appear they were already pretty big ( relatively speaking!) . They were however very fluffy and instantly recognisable as Owlets.

Here is one of the Owlets when it was still not sure when to run, fly, walk or hop…


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An Eagle Marching…

July 31st, 2014

You might be surprised to know that this picture wasn’t taken close to my home…

It was taken in Poland, earlier this year, on a trip to specifically photograph White Tailed Eagles. The weather was not quite as cold as I had hoped for and there was also very little falling snow which I was expecting on arrival. However, many photographic opportunities occurred over a very enjoyable few days.

Here is one of the majestic Eagles “Marching”. Another picture to add to my growing collection of marching bird images…


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Starling in flight from my Photography Hide…

June 29th, 2014

I have been taking some pictures from my Photography Hide recently, whilst waiting for my local Owls to show me their young…

One of the openings of the hide is positioned to give a simple clean background. Having a uniform background helps the subject stand out more on the finished photograph and also has the advantage that the camera finds it easier to “see” contrasting subjects in the foreground. Small birds in flight are always very difficult to record. Not only does their size make things difficult but they are also very agile. Medium sized birds like Blackbirds and Starlings I find are a little bit easier.

This Staring in flight is one of many Starlings that frequent the area around my hide. At this time of year they are also very noisy…

Starling In Flight

Great Crested Grebes and chicks…

May 25th, 2014

I have spent a significant amount of time this month with a family of Great Crested Grebes.

This time last year I undertook exactly the same project only to see the Grebes nest destroyed after three weeks of incubation. I wasn’t certain what caused the devastation but it left me down heartened at the time and I gave up on the project.

This year I decided to have another try. Initially, I spent several days just watching these graceful birds as they constructed their nest. As soon as the eggs were laid and the adult birds were comfortable with my presence, I started to take some images of the birds. Over the next four weeks of incubation I spent lots of time with the Grebes. I knew the chicks wouldn’t arrive for around 4 weeks but I wanted the Grebes to be totally relaxed in my company when their young came into the world.

Fortunately this year both the Grebes and myself were successful. They brought two new Grebes into the world and I got an image or two…


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The Little Owls are back and they have started nesting already…

April 13th, 2014

I did my first photo session of 2014 with the Little Owls this weekend.

I had spotted a Little Owl a few weeks ago when I was out scanning the fields with my binoculars. It was at the same nest site that the Kestrels used successfully last year. Over the last few weeks I have increased the amount of time I have spent searching for wildlife and last Friday, I found another Little Owl, at a farm where they raised a single Owlet last year. Over the course of this weekend it has become apparent that the female Little Owl is already sitting on eggs.

Last year I didn’t see the first newborn Owlet until 8th August 2013. So calculating backwards the egg sitting time would have been in June 2013. So, either I missed the first brood last year or they are a complete two months ahead of schedule this year.


Either way, it looks like June 2014 could be the time for the Owlets, with a bit of good fortune all round. Here is the expectant father…

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