Saturday, 26 July 2008

Two owls in a day

Yesterday afternoon I went to my local bird club for a couple of hours. A family of moorhen consisting of one adult and 4 young provided great entertainment for me. Here are the photographs of them. I also saw a Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret.

Moorhen feeding young:

Moorhen chick:

On the way back home down the lane from the bird club, I visited a site where a family of Little Owls had been seen, I could hear them calling to begin with and then finally I saw one, that was great as I had only ever seen a Little Owl once before.

That evening I went back to my local bird club in the hope to see a family of Barn Owls. I went to the hide to begin with where I saw a Green Sandpiper and a Moorhen on a nest. After taking the photographs I went off up the lane to see if I could see the Barn Owls, I met up with a couple of fellow bird watchers and we waited to see what we could see. Finally after about 15 minutes wait there it was, as soon as I had seen it, it was gone.

Moorhen on nest (different family from earlier on today):

What a great day I had, I'd seen a Barn Owl and a Little Owl, two Owls in a day, it isn't very often that happens is it?

Rutland Water insects

On Thursday I went to Rutland Water for the day. I was lucky enough to see the Osprey parents, not the young though as this pair of Ospreys have failed to raise young this year the reasons are unknown, there are a couple of possibilities but there is no real explanation for it at the moment, the wardens and rangers have to wait until the Ospreys have all migrated until they can check out the nest site.

Soldier Beetle:
Common Blue Damselfly:
Hover Fly:

Little Egret:

Green Sandpipers:

Grey Heron: