Friday, 1 July 2016
SWALLOW AND BARN OWL
However despite being sacked (unbelievably a first for me) everything went in my favour. Which was lucky, a fellow colleague and mate left to work for Fortec and wasn't so lucky and is being pursued for £3000+ it was a tense meeting and I'm sad to go. I've watched a company (Norbert Dentressangle) go from highly rated company , being taken over by yanks (now xpo logistics) and in Northamptons case being ran into the ground by management who still think they're in the army and have no man management skills, pity.
So despite the on/off drizzle I went to the valley.
Huge column of Swifts were gathering overhead, shame about the skies, in fact I haven't had much time with swifts this summer thanks to the lousy weather.
Plenty of Swallows too, yet in my normal locations Swallows have been in short supply along with House Martins. One location (a friends farm) last year we had 26 birds in site, this year 2 pairs (4)!!!!. Not much better at my other spots. What happened to Swallows this year?
So to ol'faithful..the barnie. It was as usual hunting the field nearest to the farm (too far for images). I watched and enjoyed. It didn't seem to be in a hurry to return to the nest and kept returning with food to a tree near the river bank. Had the young fledged or was it feeding itself? After an hour and it failing to return to the nest I opted to head home as I did a cyclist stopped and asked was I trying to photograph the Barn Owl and he pointed out it just flew behind me. I'll be honest I thought he was taking the piss, no way could it have flown behind me and not see it approach. But being polite I turn round and Barn Owl in the field behind the station??? I went back to the bridge and was watching it when something caught my eye but again behind me...the second owl
Best of a bad bunch of images then. This is the pose I've been after, just wish the light was better and a bit sharper too.