Monday, 1 December 2014

23 November 2014: Short Eared Owls at Hawling, Gloucestershire

On the previous visit, the Owls had been very active towards the back of the field. So today i went for an explore and instead of gathering where everyone else was waiting, I thought I would have a look to see if there was any access to the back of the field. I was very pleased to find a footpath running the complete length of both fields with almost unrestricted viewing over a nice stone wall for cover. At the bottom side where everyone else gathered there were parts with very restricted viewing because of trees and bushes. This is the crowd on the road below.
 This is the trailer you can only see in profile from the bottom road.
Out comes the Kestrel

and then along comes the first Owl
settling on the wall for a look rond and a quick preen
and then off hunting.

A real balst of setting sunlight, lighting up the Owls superbly.

A pair of squabbling Ravens

and more Owl action

Raven with a full crop of something - some kind of nut?
First Owl on the picture as the light starts to fade
Having left the Short Eared Owls because of the fading light I chanced upon this Barn Owl - it wasn't really this dark, this was the best the camera could manage.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob, nice blog, and great shots mate! I haven't been to this location yet but I hope to visit soon. The footpath at the top of the field sounds appealing, was wondering if you could tell me whereabouts it is?

    Many thanks