The original plan was to make the most of what remained of the day and visit some local Swallows and Housemartins then after that I had eyed up some potential Little Owl sites.
|ADULT SWALLOW AND A SLEEPY JUVENILE SWALLOW|
I was soon off to check out the site for Little Owls. The site had potential plenty of horse paddocks, barns and the "right" types of tree...if that makes sense.
I was heading down the lane at the end of which was a private school I was cycling along looking on with envy at the cricket pitch wishing for a quick batting session on the field, with on site security it wasn't going to happen, I was going to have to stick on the public footpath, the sun was setting so if there was any Little Owl's on the site it was now the best time to see them, it was 8:30pm when my wandering mind was snapped back to reality, perched on top of the most unlikely "post" was an all to familiar blob....is it an omen for the upcoming World Cup?
|HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES!|
|THE BALL NEVER CROSSED THE LINE|
Intially I was worried about all that netting but it seemed to know what it was doing, the only hazzard might be when if any young fledge the nest, maybe.
|WHAT YOU LOOKIN' AT, WANT SOME DO YOU?|
But as the second Little Owl called I heard a Tawny Owl calling and it was close. I started to scan the area and realised again on the schools site it was coming from a somewhat strange looking "barn".
Apparently a now retired teacher had but a Barn owl box in there and was once used by a Barn Owl but is now used by a Tawny Owl (he had seen the Tawny on his night patrols and talked at length about his sightings, which was good to hear) they had to place the stuff in front of the door to stop the children from going in and disturbing the owl...that is good thinking in my opinion, it bred last year but he hadn't seen any young this year. I asked about the risk of the Little Owl getting caught in the net, the guard said the nets were coming down at the end of the week but it has been using the the goalposts for as long as he could remember he also pointed out how the nets on the post were up and the other goal posts they weren't....someone seems to be switched on at the school towards birds.
I had a second owl to locate and made my excuses and left, as I cycled down the track again! I soon spotted my second Little Owl site perched on top of a barn, surely I couldn't have cycled past it first time round. In my defence....who I am kidding I had, this one was getting hassle from all things the juvenile Swallows using the barn, shutter speeds were low so no shots of that. So some high ISO and low shutter speed shots instead.
A horse owner then came and checked me out. We had a nice chat and she agreed I could come back anytime and wander around the paddocks as long as I closed all the gates after I had finished and if I injured myself I wouldn't sue (!!!), fair enough I thought, my cycle home I was making plans already on how to achieve better images, so hopefully more to come.