Monday, 21 July 2014


Richard and myself had two evenings out trying to make the best of the juvenile Little Owls being out and about and to have, all be it, a long distance look at a Barn Owl site where an adult is returning with food on a regular basis, obviously feeding young. We also had two visits to Rutland Water, one on Osprey duties where the evening highlight were Little Egrets in the pool in front of Waderscrape Hide {These will be in Part 2.} and the other visit to try to get some images of Damsel and Dragon flies. These images cover the period of the 7th to the 17th July 2014.

Little Owl Site No 1.

We still have problems getting images at this site. I got this one out of the window of Richards car. He got out but at the different angle could not locate the bird until it moved.

Site No 1.
Bird sat out in full view, what a shock!!!.

Little Owl Site No 2.
"Little man you've had a busy day." This was taken in the evening and the next in the next shots he was sound asleep. Must be feeding little beaks.

Little Owl Site No 5.
The first image shows an adult coming out of  the nest hole having returned with food. The second was when a juvenile appeared out of the hole seconds after the adult departed no doubt hoping for seconds. The above was after the first juvenile left and the next juvenile came to the hole.

Site No 5.
Hows that for balance.

Adult bird at Site No 5.

Young "fluffy" at Site No.5.

Little Owl Site No 12.
Adult asleep on barn door.

Little Owl Site No 9.
Adult on fence post whilst Richard  walked down the field to try a closer shot.

Adult on post with vole.

After Richard got his close up shots the birds moved up the field, the juvenile started the move but disappeared.

Mystle Thrush juvenile near Little Owl Site No 14. We counted six juveniles all together, appearing to have a rare old time.

Tawny Owl.
After we left the previous site and set towards home we suddenly saw what appeared to be an owl suddenly appear from the right of us but reasonably high up in a tree. Richard carried on down the road and turned round in the gateway to a very large and imposing property. I'm sure all the security lights and cameras came into play so we headed back to our siting area before the police arrived , stopped and listened. It was almost dark but we could hear loud squeaking  above us and eventually made out a pair of juvenile Tawny owls up high in the tree. I managed this image but I'm really not sure as to how I got it. I used ISO 4000 and hoped for the best.

About Me;

Titus White:
Hi I am Richard Peglers friend Titus White, and those who follow Richards posts will understand the name and reason for it. I have been birding with Richard for 3 years and a volunteer at Rutland Water on the Osprey Project for 2 years. My early images were taken on a Nikon D80 with a 70 - 200mm lens. I updated the lens to a 70 - 300mm VR lens but still was not happy with the results. Eventually when Nikon announced the D7100 I decided to change so upgraded the camera and also invested in a Sigma 50 - 500mm lens.
I first met Richard through Arthur Costello as I was having the occasional visit from Little Owls on our land. We eventually found the Little Owls through another contact about 100 metres away. Photo's will follow on future posts.
I have recently upgraded my camera to full frame, this is a challenge I am at the moment enjoying trying to get the best out of the beast.
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