Thursday, 20 August 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
Yesterday I went to the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire to photograph a short-eared owl. I managed to see it hunting. After coming home and reading up about them I now know that short-eared owls are usually seen hunting during the day. They are medium size birds with speckled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. Here are my shots:
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Today I went to Woolley Firs (BBOWT) near Maidehead to watch the Runnymede Ringing Group in action. Carl Hunter Roach explained the process. I was very fortunate to get to hold and release a blue tit. The wonderful site with an arboretum and surrounding fields is home to many species of birds. During the ringing session I saw dunnock, coal tit, goldcrest, blue tit, great tit and long tailed tits. We could hear the call of a greater spotted woodpecker and there was a mistle thrush high up in the trees. Next we went on a walk with Dan (of BBOWT) and Brian, a local bird expert. Sightings included buzzards, lapwings, redkites, goldfinch, redwing and greenfinch. We also heard sky larks. It was a great way to spend a morning!
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
After Christmas I returned to Otmoor to see the starling murmuration a second time. There were more starlings but their display was not quite so impressive. They went down into the reeds quicker. I also saw a marsh harrier. Thanks to Findlay Wilde and Toby Carter for helping me identify it.
|Female reed buntings|