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

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Clappers

Both asio's currently clapping

Long-eared clapping 

- at the edge of  most Co.Durham ex-colliery villages near you now......
- over 150 pairs to choose from...... loads more villages mind you..........

male Leo displaying as the light goes
why begin displaying & calling when 'your' nesting copse is full of visiting over-winterers.....?

.....unless this isnt the male who lives here year round ? & hes on the pull ?

Short-eared clapping....

an interesting & very cool shot from John Fridges at
these winter displays are over in a flash - Johns caught it nicely just as the primaries are touching

and scrapping  in just about every rough field near you now.....
you wanna piece of me ?


JRandSue said...

Stunning action shots,brilliant photography,love your header.

Christian said...

Great post mate - they're getting started with all this early eh?

Stevie Evans said...

Female Leo generally choose nests from late Feb & March, but one of local owlers reports a bird perched on a nest this weekend. ( local clutches rarely laid before April ).

Individual Seos will hold & defend winter territory, then move off in late Spring, although Lowland breeding by Short-ears is far more widespread & regular than gets reported (for obvious reasons).