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Little Owls


The UK's most easterly point

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Fortunes improved - finally

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Last week in not-so-many pictures.

Monday 30th January 2017

My first day out in 2017

Thursday 26th January 2017

Locally based for a couple of weeks

Friday 23rd December 2016

Last weeks events

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Testing the new camera

Tuesday 15th November 2016

The good and the not so good

Tuesday 8th November 2016

A couple of weeks to update

Monday 10th October 2016

Was the Pectoral Sandpiper still there?

Saturday 24th September 2016

Littlle Stints on the agenda

Sunday 11th September 2016

Hungary Days 7 and 8

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Hungary Day 5

Friday 19th August 2016

Hungary Day 4

Friday 5th August 2016

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Friday 29th July 2016

Little Owls have been a bogy species for me for several years.

First time was during my trip to Catalonia when I spent a complete afternoon in a hide overlooking a nest site without seeing one. Several other un-recorded attempts have proved to be dismal failures until June 2014 at Pyemore near Ely when one showed reasonably well on a couple of occasions but only for short times.

There was a hide in a farmyard in Hortobagy during my trip in June of this year but after breitling replica 3 hours of perseverance, one put in a brief showing for 5 seconds only. I was scheduled to return to that hide but unfortubately, illness prevented it.

A fellow local photographer had been having great success with a family recently as I had posted several excellent images for him on the Cambridge Bird Club website -  I am the photo editor for the club for my sins - but the location was not disclosed as it is on private land. Anyway, he very kindly offered to take me there so we spent a whole evening there - with nothing except for a passing juvenile Brown Hare.

The evening was not wasted, however, because the land owner passed by and he very kindly gave me permission to go on my own. So, a couple of days later, armed with a supply of mealworms, I arrived at the site at aroung 10.00am, positioned myself, mealworms placed - and waited.

After an hour or so, an adult apperaed and landed where I was hoping, on some replica hublot old rusty ironwork.

Having sampled the mealworms, a session of calling saw a juvenile join it.

These are very amusing birds. The juvenile was begging for the adult to feed it, which it did, but when it turned it's back, the juvenile was hoovering up the mealworms as fast as it could, only stopping to beg to be fed again.

And then a moment worth all the effort - parental love!!!

Load of images later, the owls had exhausted the supply of mealworms and disappeared into the trees to roost. There are two adults and three juveniles but I only saw the same two birds.

I wanted to try for some flight shots  but i needed the sun for shutter speed so returned a couple of days later. Loads of duff shots with wings, heads ,tails missing and plenty of nothing at all. One shot was of the adult running - very amusing to see.

And finally I got something that was acceptable - not brilliant but acceptable.

Can do better so more trips are required - not that I am complaining because I find these birds so entertaining.

More images in the Latest Additions section.

Now back to editing the 1000's of images from my Hungary trip. I have almost completed day 4 so watch this space - Lesser Grey Shrike, Whiskered Tern, White Stork and Red-backed Shrike.