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

Thursday, 4 August 2011

a couple of owl pics

adult Little Owl keeping a watch over his young as they explore away from the nest area

a sad end for one local Tawny Owl
Sadly a dead Tawny on the A690 - found by Jonnystretch

On a far happier note :-

The eldest of a brood of 3 young Long-eareds

A short clip showing the 3 young reacting to a Wood Pigeon clattering past close by:-

Another short clip showing the 3 youngsters as the light fades

This clutch were delayed by 4 weeks c/p other local breeding pairs.
Theyve been out of the nest @ 5 weeks, and fly strongly, although landing's are often more like crashes ! They tend to keep to the open canopy of decidious species, Oak, Birch & in this case Ash which allows easier
still dependant upon their parents at this stage - although the this bird made a few clumbsy attempts at catching small items as the light faded.
One of his siblings flew within 15' of me after the light had gone with all manner of head bobbing, twisting & posturing, to check out the rustling from a hedgehog in the undergrowth.

Quite pleased with this iPhone scoped image :-

adult resting in the afternoon sunshine - by late August through to October we tend not to see much of them.

1 comment:

Christian said...

A seriously impressive shot for a mobile phone and scope combination! Hi There, Christian here, just come to your excellent blog via the Owlers' Blog Network. You have had some marvelous encounters. I found a LEO on my local patch in May and it was around until late June. I have never seen it again since so I hope it didn't come to an untimely end.

I'll enjoy this blog I think!