So Monday being my first day off, I was off, I wasn't even put off by the grey skies, though those grey skies would irritate me today. Mostly because I wanted to do the House Martins (not many here this year) and the Swallows (again not many here this year), they weren't skimming the reservoir surface as normal, to windy, and the grey skies meant I just watched them. Had a Kestrel (male) hovering in the field next to reservoir and it was getting annoying, it was very close and oblivious to my presence and didn't flinch from hunting as I moved into position sadly the grey backdrop meant I had a full recycle bin. The skies looked like they may break and the Kestrel just kept coming back to where I was so it was worth hanging around....I got a break in the grey'ness and managed a half decent flight shot....could do better I suppose. However I'm shooting without the teleconverter, the teleconverter just doesn't seem to be right after it's malfunction, the images look soft. The Kestrel below was my best effort with blue skies....no teleconverter of course.
Now I was sat at the carpark end of Welford reservoir and I heard all the terns on Sulby kicking off, always worth a glance, sometimes a Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel or Sparrowhawk, not this time, trying to fish off the dam between Welford and Sulby reservoir was an Osprey....sadly too far away so here are some award winning record images...
It was only around for about 10 minutes before going towards Kelmarsh/Naesby direction. I left the area at 7.30pm and no further sign. If anyone fancies going up Sulby beware I think it's kind of private I might be wrong, but there is one field with a rather polite notice about people straying into the fields and how there are dogs loose (they had some sheep and horses injured by dog walkers) in the field as I walked along the footpath near the said field two huge Doberman's came running towards me, thank god for the fence and hedgerow....did also get this rather bold Hare, if it wasn't the Dobermans chasing me I thought this Hare was going to "charge" at me, I was hardly well hidden but came within 12 metres of me before turning away.
|"I'M GOING TO GET THAT CAMERA NOW HE HASN'T GOT HIS GREYHOUND"|
|"OH, OH HE AIN'T MOVING"|
|"NAH I'LL STOP HARE I THINK"|
On the way home I found a new Little Owl site, I almost killed the bird, I was luckily driving slowly down this single track road were I was tipped off about a Barn Owl (didn't see it, but looks like another check is worthwhile) I came down this hill section and came round the corner and right slap in the middle of the road bathing in the water (burst water main) was a Little Owl, I slapped the brakes on and luckily at the last moment the Little Owl jumped up and perched on a transformer box attached to a telephone pole...if it hadn't moved I sadly would've hit it, I was only doing 30-35mph as I was scanning for a Barnie, my windows wound down I grabbed the camera, it flew off from it's perch and flew into a hollow knot of an ash tree....I shall go back I think, my first new site for a Little Owl in about two years....BUT IT WAS A LUCKY BIRD. I hope it doesn't like feeding or bating in the water on the road too much!