Monday, 18 January 2016

Owls and Squirrels

A few trips out with Matt Wilson in the new year has resulted in some good views of owls. We firstly went to the RSPB Burton mere where the best sighting was a Long Eared Owl, there were plenty of waders Marsh Harrier and Kingfisher, I was surprised how scenic the place was. Luckily to fill some time before the owl frenzy Matts other half Katerina, suggested going to the Red Squirrel spot in Lancashire. I must admit I didn't expect to see/get good views of any but in the event we saw 4. We quickly noticed a lot had an eye problem ie they only had one, this must be a result of the recent squirrel pox infection that decimated this population, luckily they are bouncing back. After this we went to a spot where both Barn Owls and Short Eared Owls had been seen. In the event we saw 4 shorties and 2 barn. Back nearer home I went to another spot where Hen Harrier and 2 shorties had been seen, no harrier but 4 shorties showing really well.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Last Critters of 2015.

Well the weather has generally been rubbish for photography but I have managed to get out to a few places. Probably the highlight of the week has been seeing 3 species of Owl, Barn, Long Eared and Short Eared. I thought I might stand a chance of getting some decent pics of a GN Diver at Carsington as there are 3 present but the one I saw was always too distant. I got a better view of one at Filey along with a distant Surf Scoter (just a record shot).

 Barn Owl

Black Headed Gull
 Great Northern Diver, Filey
 Great Northern Diver Carsington Water

 Long Eared Owl
Mediterranean Gull

 Purple Sandpiper
 Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl
 Surf Scoter
 Tree Sparrow
Whooper Swans