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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunny UK...


After a quick Christmas in France I flew over to the UK to see my family, well, to try and find some short-eared owls. which began promisingly, a known Lincolnshire location did give me some opportunities. I was of course stood in the wrong place. Later in near darkness a kestrel gave us a nice close up on a fence post, pretty much a classic shot for this area.

The day after the wind arrived. I stayed with us for another week and the owls, who hunt by listening for their meal, stayed in bed. I was desperate, I had spent money crossing the Humber bridge, I drive a thousand miles, but no decent owl shots.

Then friday promised a lull in the windy weather. I was ready. I had researched a new location and was willing to drive a few hundred miles round trip. After all, saturday I had to fly back to France!

But the new location was a dream. no wind, some bright spells and a whole load of owls. I think over the course of the day 12-15 birds hovered those fields, pretty special place.

So here are some of those shots, the ones so far edited.


  1. Quality shots, Neil. I think I know that Kestrel :)

  2. That kestrel would not move, even when one fellow got out of his car and wandered over to me (in my car) to ask what I was looking at :o Just sat there 30feet away. Brilliant. Shame it was pretty dark.

  3. These are amazing! All of them.

  4. These are fantastic. I love the vole one especially. You deserve these shots for the journey!

  5. Lovely shots. Ones to be very happy with.

  6. I know it was a challenging and at times frustrating few days...but you got there in the end and headed home with some great shots, I'm very envious of!

  7. Those SE Owl short are quite outstanding.