Monday, 28 November 2016

Hen Harrier Bonanza

A beautiful, mainly sunny day brought some good photo opportunities for the local Hen Harriers.













Monday, 21 November 2016

Another week of owls and harriers

It's been another good week for owls and harriers and although in general the views were distant I have had some amazing experiences.  Just to stand and watch half a dozen short eared and two barn owls in the air at the same time with a couple of hen harriers thrown in as well is an experience on its own.

Barn Owl 
One of two hunting in the evening light.






Short Eared Owl
I had one of these circling above me and eyeing me up as I sat on the river bank.






Hen Harrier
Distant but great to see.




Little Owl
Always a treat to see these.




Sparrowhawk
I nearly ran this over as it was sat in the road having a bath and had to break hard to avoid it.
Despite this it calmly finished its bath before flying up to a nearby tree where I took this shot.


All in all not a bad week.



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Back on home soil

I was lucky to hear on my return ofthe presence of Short Eared Owls and Hen Harriers on my local patch and have visited them several times. Unfortunately most shots have been distant and the light has varied from sunny to downright dull. However it is a privilege just to see these fabulous birds hunting in daylight.
Short Eared Owls





Hen Harriers






Not forgetting the smaller birds of course
A charm of Goldfinches - just a few of the many present



Stonechat and Reed Bunting - not talking?


Other birds seen but not photographed were Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Little Owl. There were also 2 stoats and a weasel. Not a bad day!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Across the pond - part 3

The final part of the San Francisco series.

Marbled Godwits


 Willet


 Black Crowned Night Heron


 Anna's Humming Bird



 Black Phoebe


 Yellow Rumped Warbler


Pied Billed Grebe with lunch


Turkey Vulture


Sea Otter munching crabs in Monterey Bay



Coyote at Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands.




Racoon


Killdeer


Monday, 7 November 2016

Across the pond - part 2

The second set of photos from San Francisco. Amazingly all of these were taken within the city limits.

Great White Egret


 Song Sparrow


 Long Billed Curlew
 

 Caspian Tern


 Californian Towhee


 Brown Pelican


 Raven


 Snowy Egret


 Brown Pelicans


 Harbour Seal


 Heerman's Gull


 Red Eared Slider Turtles - Terrapins in English


 Great Blue Heron


 Dark Eyed Junco