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Friday, 13 March 2015

Mandarin & Short Eared Owl

Just a few images from the month 

Short Eared Owl from near Stobswood /Widdrington never came close harried by Corvids for most of the time
 The Barn Owls at Cresswell are certainly drawing the crowds this late evening just before darkness drops in digiscoped image
 Whilst it out flew the Crows it did prevent it from hunting over the grassland
 You can see the fascination  of Owls with the bright eyes looking down at you as they drift past silently
 Probably the closest it came lucky I had brought my DSLR as as good as it is the SX50 struggles with flight shots
 When Shorties drop on the ground they just blend in , I don't know why its wing is outspread it was not successful in hunting
 Slightly out of focus shot but I do like the wing spread

The recent Mandarin on the Wansbeck and with some sunshine to boot what a stunning bird these are  oddly the DSLR shots where very poor whereas the SX50 seemed to handle the bright sun and bold colours very well.

These two shots taken from the bridge before it went to settle with Mallards on a small island 
A section of the large flock of Pinkfeet at Stobswood that held the Ross's  goose spend some time on the pools with more a couple of fields over but no where near as many as previous it seems at this stage that many have moved on taking the Ross's with them

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