Last year I was very lucky to spend hours photographing and watching two Little owls and one of their offspring hunting, feeding and watching their world go by. Just before Christmas the farmer decided to repair the small tumbledown shed they perched on and chopped down the two trees behind which gave the owls some shelter and protection. They moved on and I hadn’t seen them since until earlier this week.
Virtually as soon as I spotted the owl, before I could change any settings or even put the camera strap around my neck he dropped down into the field and grabbed a snack. He then took off and flew the length of the field. Nature doesn’t have to cater to photographers!
This treat on its own would have made my day but when he flew up on to the wall I quickly discovered he was taking the snack to his mate who until then was invisible. He landed just below her and gave her lunch ( I think it was a slug or a caterpillar).
He then left her alone and let her tuck in.
A fabulous moment, a pleasure to witness and I’m so glad they have decided to stay in the area.
One of my friends at work has an Alaskan Malamute dog which at the moment needs grooming every other day. Each groom produces a carrier bag full of fur!!
So I asked her to bring some in for the birds to use in their nests. At first she thought I was crazy but the next day she brought in a small bag for me and we took it out to the feeding area. One of the feeders has been damaged by the marauding squirrels so I stuffed it full of the shed fur.
Within minutes the local tits descended and began at first to collect small mustaches before moving on to collect huge beak fulls before somehow flying away.
Each visit their collection seemed to get bigger
Till there seemed to be an explosion!!!
I seem to be coming across herons whenever I go out at the moment, and Sunday was no exception. A visit to Attenborough Nature Reserve near Nottingham gave me a great opportunity to see them feeding their chicks.
Another visitor pointed me to the best viewing point and when we arrived one bird was stood on the nest with two raucous chicks fighting for attention.
We didn’t have to wait long for the other parent to arrive and the two adults greeted each other with head bobbing and wings outstretched.
The larger bird then flew off presumably to continue the supply of food for their growing youngsters.
The remaining bird then took the full assault of two hungry chicks desperate to get food from their parent. They roughly grabbed the parents beak and although I didn’t see any food being passed they apparently regurgitate food for them. It was very aggressive and I couldn’t help thinking that sometimes it’s easier to grab a takeaway rather than preparing food for the kids!!
As some of you may have noticed I’ve updated the name of my blog, don’t worry Spugwash hasn’t disappeared he’s just evolving.
I’ve recently been asked to exhibit some of my photographs in a local Art event and thought it was about time I had my own website which I could then promote on my pictures.
I liked my pirate heritage but thought using my old gamer tag wasn’t the way to go, so investigated a few available domain names. Wildlife Pirate was available and just seemed to fit. So Spugwash has morphed slightly and the new name links to my website, my blog and my Instagram presence.
So please pop along to my website, you’ll be made very welcome and I’d love a like on the Facebook button if you like what you see. I’ve added a This Week button which will show the shots I’ve taken that week.
Please feel free to let me know what you think and if you’re in the neighbourhood on the 16th or 17th April please drop in and have a look at what will be some great photography.