a short drive south off the patch
an hour & half of bliss
not a sole to be seen.
From one vantage point
4 Little owls - 3 ads 1juv at nest cavity
4 Fox cubs - well grown, rough & tumble
2 Barn owls - pr returning with prey to nest
Dabchick family on rapidly diminishing pool in bottom of the hole
Male Barnie turning through 180 degrees to ward off one of the Foxes which wandered off and was lingering above the nest - ive watched this several times now at various locations.
The young Foxes seem intruiged by the noise of the begging Barns & Littles which they hear from below, but still cant see from above.
Another one id watched previously was a Red legged Partridge, resting on the vertical face about 50' up - presumably his safe roost with all the fox about.
Just before leaving in the low light, a noise behind me
i turned to see one of the Foxes standing at the edge of the Wheat - only 6m away at the other side of the field margin
standing half obscured & shoulder to ankle in cammo it couldnt work out what i was & was clearly in 2 minds as whether to continue or scarper off . .
it did both - running off the way it had been headed