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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunny UK...

...not!

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.







8 comments:

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

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  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.

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  3. These are amazing! All of them.

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

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

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  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!

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  7. Those SE Owl short are quite outstanding.

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