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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Short Eared Owls Again

With clear sky's and low wind predicted it was decided to venture up north to Worlaby Carrs.  When we arrived there were 4 SEO flying around but they were all very distant on the other side of the field.  We parked up and settled down in the cars waiting for one to come closer or even hopefully perched up.

After a few hours they started to come a little closer but still not really ideal.  Eventually one Owl did however decide to perch up.  A small drive down the lane and we were able to get a few shots, again it was some distance and as we got closer it decided to fly off :(

Things didn't really improve later in the afternoon as the owls were still favoring the middle of the field.  I did manage a few shots thanks to Ken for allowing me to use the 300mm and the x2 converter to give me some extra reach.  

I had the chance to visit Worlaby again later that week and was hoping to see them closer.  Same routine, owls were showing at a distance :( 

Just as I was thinking about leaving I noticed a single Shorty flying around close to the road at the other end of the lane.  A quick drive down the lane and got out of the car holding the camera.  The Owl was now hunting in a close by field but I decided to watch and wait.  Eventually the Owl headed my way through the long grass.  

It then decided to hunt right in front of me.  

It was great to watch the owl so close hunting and flying around and also gave me the chance to get lots of shots.  

The long drives and waiting in the cold really did pay off this time.  Can't wait to have the chance to see the great owls again. 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Years morning at Cannock Chase

After getting to bed at 2.30 am and drinking far too much on New Years Eve I forced myself out of bed and out in the cold for a few hours.  The weather was good and we even had sun shine.  

The light in the wooded area's can give the bracken a lovely gold color so this is what we set up for.  

The usual suspect turned up as we were setting perches up.  I never get tiered of photographing Nuthatches.  

It was also a treat to have the Long-tailed tits turn up a few times.

We had spotted a pait of Jay's which kept coming close but never did come down to the seed.  This wasn't helped my the amount of people walking and dogs but that's always the way on New years day. 
A Treecreeper even gave us a quick visit.  At one point he was on the perch we had set up but just wouldn't turn around to us.  Oh well next time hopefully. 

All in all a good 3 hours in good light and one less hangover at the end.