Archive for July, 2012

A determined Little Owl…

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Here is another image of the adult Little Owl.

The Owls are very busy at the moment. At one nest site the Owlets having already fledged and at another site they remain in the safety and comfort of their nest. Consequently, the adult Owls are active most of the day and night gathering food for the hungry family. The Owlets are constantly chasing the adult Owls around hoping to have food placed into their mouths and where they have yet to fledge, the adult Owls are regularly back and forth to the nest.

This Little Owl looks determined and maybe even a little stressed with the new pressures of parenting…

A Little Owl landing on a post…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Now that the Grebes have gone full circle in their breeding cycle, I will show you some images from a Little Owl project that I have been doing over the same time period.

Followers on my Facebook page and those who followed this blog last year will know that I am very fortunate to have Little Owls nesting in my local area. One of the adult owls has become very comfortable in my presence which has allowed me to get much closer to this small owl during the last few months.

Here is one of the adults as it is about to land on a wooden post.

A Great Crested Grebe and her chick…

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Finally the Great Crested Grebe brings new life into the world.

After nearly four weeks of caring for the egg this chick appeared on the adults back. I cannot be certain how old this chick is but my calculations have it at between 2 and 4 days old. Typically one adult Grebe carries the chick whilst the other adult offers it some water and small feathers, yes small feathers, which was a surprise to me.

On this particular day thousands of small flies had also hatched and they can be seen in the background as small marks.