Wednesday, 13 August 2014

YET ANOTHER NEW LITTLE OWL AND ODDS AND SODS

Just before I went to bed last night I heard the tragic news about Robin Williams and it hit home pretty hard. As I had suffered PTSD and the later depression which I still battle with to this day it seemed such a tragic end to a true talent. Robin was a bit of a favourite of mine, from Mork and Mindy to his stand up career and seriously underrated films like 1 hour photo  and The Fisher King revealed a talent that sadly the Hollywood system didn't really tap into porpely in my opinion. RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS.
I have a feeling the images today really suffered from a mixture of wind, occasional cloud and just my general mood, still being out and about (9.5 miles walked and 18 miles cycled) and surrounded by nature with some good close quarter views lifted my spirits. If only the NHS could bottle up nature there would be an almost instant cure for depression.....better then the generic anti-depressants.
So a lot of these images are at best today record images.
First up was some ducks that baffled me
 I reckon they're being fed up ready for a spot of wildfowling there was loads of them.
It was great to see them on the water making a "raft" the sound they were making when feeding off the surface was like it was raining, so much so I had to check the sky to make sure it wasn't.
A Canada Goose
 A Common Tern that didn't like this dragonfly/darter not surprised as it was an empty husk
 A Common Whitethroat with a meal.

So it was off to the Little Owl barn with my hide. Here I made a school boy error as I approached the site I didn't have my camera ready/set up and missed what would turn out to be my best chance of the Little Owl sitting out in the open...idiot. I set up the hide and sat waiting, I could see one of the owls (there is definately two in there) sat up in the back of the barn in the shadows and it could see me too. This was the best I got
 As I sat in the hide twiddling my thumbs loads of common birds were coming down the hedgerow, a lot of House Sparrow's, Linnet, Yellowhammers and a constant stream of mostly Housemartins and the odd Swallow heading south-west, heading out of the country.
I did get this juvenile Long Tailed Tit.
But the best but sadly against a horrible sky was this close encounter with a Common Buzzard, bit gutted about the sky but was pleased a)the hide was working b)getting a close encounter, I was hoping it would land, it didn't.


 With the skies getting darker and rain on it's way plus the sound of a fox hunting bugle getting closer I opted to pack up early rather then reveal to some hunters a prime bird location. I hanged around but not near the barn until the fox hunt trotted past, just to make sure no dogs went into the barn luckily the hunt didn't come close though armed with my own shooter (500mm lens) I did get some suspicious looks from the "men in red" I wasn't in the mood and was just waiting for one of them to make some smart Alec quip "bunny hugger" or similar and I would be off like a pit bull but all I got was a nod and "afternoon" and a chuckle from the women folk not sure what was funny...I was in a bad mood, fair enough I guess.
One positive was yet another Little Owl found on the way home, this was circa 12 miles from my current Little Owl barn so it is a different bird. I just happen to glance up as I cycled past I did a quick u-turn and tried to get a shot of a rather sleepy owl between the branches, it wasn't going to give me a good view so left it in peace and made a mental note to cycle past on another day.

17 comments:

  1. It is very sad news about Robin Williams.
    These photographs appear gloomy though looking through most aren't. It must just be me.
    Wonderful shot of the Canada goose.
    The Buzzard is a beauty. .......I prefer the cloudy background to a clear blue sky.

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    1. I'm a bit torn between grey & blue skies sometimes grey makes a nice contrast with certain gull species but I prefer blue for dark coloured birds.

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  2. Very nice images Douglas ...............

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  3. Douglas, it's sad news about Robin Williams...it just goes to show that whatever 'face' we choose to put on show it doesn't always tell the story of all that's going on behind it.
    You're right, getting out and about and immersing ourselves in nature is the perfect 'pill' to ease ( for a while, anyway) all our strains and stresses.

    As usual, another set of fantastic images...I reckon those ducks are, sadly, destined for the Christmas market?
    Good news that the hunt didn't 'find' the barn and disturb the owls.
    You've certainly found some great habitat/birding spots while you've been out on your bike rides?...[;o)

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    1. Thank you Trevor very true depression and mental illness knows not of social standing/wealth or class.
      Via an app on my phone I have been able to track and map my bike rides and apart from the mileage what really stood out was the varied habitats that I might not have gone had I used my car.

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    2. I have spent my life fighting the "Black Dog". I still get down but if I wake up feeling lethargic, it's the first sign with me then I force myself to do a job I dislike. Then i tell folk I'm just feeling pissed off today. It usually works but not always. When I was at sea the Board of Trade and it's successor the MSA would not renew your ticket if you sought treatment. It was odd because the folk that licence airline pilots would let them fly again once their insanity was cured. The reason given was that whilst at sea there was no-one to check on you. It made a certain sort of sense but did mean that there were a hell of a lot of folk in charge of boats that should not have been.

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    3. It weeks a strange attitude adopted by some employees attitudes are slowly changing yet there is still some stigma attached not only to depression but other mental health issues. My boss is one of the few understanding types so I am lucky. I also found this that also helps blackdogtribe.com well worth a look

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    4. Autocorrect strikes again "it weeks" should be "it seems"

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    5. Douglas we have been ruled by nutters for years. I see another has resigned as a cabinet minister. His wife gets £25k for answering his phone. Haven't these tossers heard of call divert? He said he can't possibly manage on £100.2 K a year. Rats leaving ships entered my mind. The faster they leave the better.

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    6. Yeah he was the MP for Lincoln and in the foreign office, like you said 25k for his wife, 89k salary, travel expenses and a relocation pot of 25k to help him buy a house in London, though he never used it. But also hotel expenses too....who says MP's are detached from the real world.

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  4. I too was upset about Robin's passing. Although I've never been much of a film goer, I had great respect for him from his films that I had seen, and his television appearances.

    I'm delighted to hear you have another new LO site, Doug. I find Little Owls to be very therapeutic.

    Great images - I particularly like the juvenile L-t T!

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    1. I am liking this site at the moment the owls are slowly growing in confidence, one flies directly over my hide giving "back" views as it flies in.

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  5. I am not qualified to comment on depression/mental illness so please excuse me if I don't delve any deeper into this complex subject. Well done on another Little Owl find Doug, once you get your "eye in" you will start seeing them all over the place!

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    1. No worries Paul.
      You're right about getting the eye in for these wonderful little fella's the only problem is I do it as I cycle so often find myself almost riding into a hedge :-)

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    2. Riding into a hedge on a bike, Doug, tends to be a lot cheaper than riding into one in a car! Stick to the bike while you have the option! ;-)

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    3. Very true, but at the least a car protects you from the thorns:-)

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