In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Artificial nest - 2 young close to fledging

A series of images showing how young Long-eared's attempt to defend themselves while in the nest.

The eldest youngster quickly jumped up onto the rim of the nest tub & took up a defensive posture - ive noticed that on taking up this stance the birds initially close their eyes for a short spell - as if to confuse any would be predators.

who've we got here then......

 A closer view

After a few moments they settled down

Side on view - at this point, one of the adults flew into view - the youngster seemed to forget about his peace being interupted, a good time to head off & leave them to it.

Female sitting on rim of nest.


Rid said...

Seriously cool birds Stevie, wonderful images too!

Vanellus said...

Great shots of a bird that I have seen only at winter roost.

Stevie Evans ( owler ) said...

Cheers Paul - its pot luck with the iPhone & moving objects, but if you press the button enough times you get some that are 'keepers'.

Vanellus, cheers. I'd imagine there will breeding birds in situations / habitats in lowland North'd, similar to those we have in neighbouring Co.Dham.
Old pitheaps / reclaimed opencasts are often favoured haunts.
Now's a good time to find them, a calm day, mid to late evening you'll hear young calling over a considerable distance in open country. The adults will hunt in good light at this time.
Drop me a line if you'd like any more info.