Monday, 19 April 2010

Migrant hunt (not!)

An afternoon on the Quantock hills, in a favoured coombe for the western trio of Pied flycatcher, Redstart & Wood warbler resulted in all three not being found! Probably to do with the time of day, the woods were almost silent, apart from Coal tits & the odd Chaffinch. Pied flys have already been sighted up there, so its not too early in the year.
It wasn't a complete waste of time though, as a hoot from a Tawny owl resulted in the image below, not a corker, but always great to see & photograph. There were in fact a pair present & the female called back.
While on the subject of Owls, I just could not resist another crack at the Short-eared Owls at a site near Moorland. Two have been frequenting the area for about a week & have been showing regularly during the evenings. On my last visit, they did not show untill late & i missed them. This time however, i was again in luck. A single Owl, the darker of the pair, was quatering the rough grassland about 300m away. It never came really close, so i had to make do with some habitat type shots & this lovely backlit one.

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