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Soukous

I was also very fortunate to catch sight of a Barn Owl hunting over the reedbeds of a nearby creek.

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

 

the light changes a bit a the bird moves across in front of the afternoon sun and it gets further away

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

Barn Owl

 

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michael-ibk

What a lucky sighting - great pictures!

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Soukous
21 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

What a lucky sighting - great pictures!

 

Yes, pure luck, but not complaining. B)

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PeterHG

A very beautiful set of the Barn Owl. Great sighting and you certainly made good use of it!

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pomkiwi

During our latest lockdown I am volunteering at a local nature reserve to top up the bird feeders. As a result I am spending some time watching and photographing the visitors. The finches are always good to watch as they are a grumpy lot who continually fight over access but a few minutes later co-exist happily. These are greenfinches but the goldfinches are just as bad.

 

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Nikon D500, PF500/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 5600

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Soukous

What a lovely way to spend your time

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pomkiwi

@TonyQThank-you - lots of deleted images to get this one!

 

@SoukousIt is a good way to spend some time and definitely a help in pushing all the current preoccupations away!

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Soukous

Lots of Swans about right now.

 

Mute Swans

 

Mute Swan

 

Mute Swan

 

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PeterHG

Great photos, @Soukous! They are such beautiful birds and I love the sound of their wingbeats.

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1 hour ago, PeterHG said:

Great photos, @Soukous! They are such beautiful birds and I love the sound of their wingbeats.

 

Yes, and that sound tells you they are coming and gives you time to grab the shot. I wish all birds were as helpful.

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Soukous

It was such a beautiful morning, blue skies and frosty, that I accompanied Madame Soukous on her dog walk this morning.

No much to see until an Owl rose up ahead of us. 

It settled again about 75 metres away then rose again. I hoped it would come closer but it started to move away. All of a sudden though, there were 2 birds there. Better grab some shots.

At first I thought it was a pair of Barn Owls, but the second bird was too dark.

Barn Owl & Short Eared Owl

 

They were drifting further away, but the second bird did turn towards us and it was a Short-eared Owl. In fact, contrary to what I first thought, neither was a Barn Owl, they were both Short-eared Owls

Barn Owl & Short Eared Owl

 

2 Owls in flight in the same photo.

 

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Soukous

Getting 2 Owls in flight in the same shot was pretty lucky, but the day was not finished. The sun was still shining so another walk was in order.

A noise overhead made me look up to see 3 Buzzards.

 

They were almost directly overhead and then began to fly away from me, but I grabbed a couple of shots anyway

 

Common Buzzards

 

Common Buzzards

 

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pomkiwi

Our local nature reserve is seeing some mixed groups of black headed and common gulls. They seem to have frequent contests over sticks and stones - other than boredom I can only assume they are thinking of nesting materials?

 

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Nikon D500, 500mmPF/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 2000

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pomkiwi

A lapwing flying laps of the reserve in an effort to display to the females

 

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Nikon D500, 500PF + 1.4 TC, 1/1000sec, f/8, ISO 280

 

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PeterHG

We visited a wetland reserve in the north of the country, where both Common and Little Ringed Plovers were claiming their territories and chasing each other away. Perfect setting for some flight shots, though I had never managed any worthwhile flight photos of these plovers before. From a dam surrounding the reserve I was looking down on their nesting sites, so for nearly all the shots the background of sand and water made it hard for the camera to nail the focus. Using the software limiter shortened the odds somewhat and patience did the rest. And of course I still had to bin lots of attempts...;). But I was quite happy with what I managed.

 

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Kitsafari

@PeterHG sharp and clear. Wowzer. 

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Peter Connan

Stunning shots!

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TonyQ

Excellent Plovers in flight!

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