ANOTHER BAD DAY OUT.
We decided even though the weather was doubtful and the wind was very gusty to try an afternoon out and if the wind eased and the sun came out to look for some new Little Owl sites. Neither of these options happened, but we still had a reasonable afternoon out, seeing several Red Kites, two Little Owls, some Redwings and Fieldfare and a very relaxed Buzzard. With the Buzzard I unfortunately left the ISO setting on my camera at 320 and should really have shot at 640 and therefore only got speeds of 1/50s. The buzzard landed near our Little Owl Site No. 3 and slowly but surely got closer, as a rule the get farther away so disappointing to have got the camera settings wrong.
This apart we had an enjoyable afternoon out together and decided to have an early finish as the light was going.
Little Owl Site No. 5.
Bird on the far side of the field away from the nest tree but well shielded from the cool wind, having a crafty sleep and enjoying a brief spell of sunshine.
Red Kite Near Little Owl Site No. 5.
This bird again was using the wind to help it cover ground and hover then suddenly gain height, wonderful to watch.
Little Owl Site No. 15.
Again seeing a bird at this site, very difficult to be sure it is not a bird from site 10. This tree in the Summer is a mass of leaves and impossible to see if a bird is roosting.
These winter visitors are starting to show, not in large numbers but they are about, both the above are pretty birds.
Managed to get this image and then the bird flew away to the far side of the field and made its way up the hedge line and the occasional tree.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2015.