Thursday 23 September 2021


The scene at Eyebrook reservoir has gone very quiete but will shortly change as other birds arrive to over Winter. With the Summer viusitors departing up to a month early it has meant a lack of subjects.This however has meant I have very little to do a post so this will be shorter than normal. I have finished going out in my hide as the Barn Owl on last last few visits out is not appearing until well after dark so very little chance of any images. It has been a dissapointing year with the Owls, not helped by my hospital visit and the following few weeks getting over my Sepsis, only then did I do any serious  monitoring of the bird as my Schedule 1 licence asks me to carry out  and to build up a report on the activity in and around the boxes. Hopefully we will have a better season next year with a pair and Owlets. I have included my last images of the Barn Owl taken over several evenings but I have also included some images from last year that shows the quality of image I can achieve even with a high ISO I was using ,more last year to stop any blur from the bird moving through increasing the speed the, so what follows indicates the difficulty I have experienced in trying to get decent shots, so here we go.

One positive note I was recalled to hospital for an operation on the 8th of September and the stone that was the cause of my Sepsis was removed  and is no more, hence the late post.

These first two images and header are from last year, just to prove I can get reasonable images of the birds, I am using the same camera and lens  but they cannot beat darkness

My Latest efforts indicate the problems I have experienced, both the images above and below were taken at ISO 125600 but above when it was not so dark.

A trip to Eyebrook Resrvoir, I always think just wait a while and invariably something happens! 

The Cormorants are still perching on the Tern Raft and will until next Spring and the return of the Common Terns.

I then changed sides of the Resrvoir as a Great White Egret arrived and landed amongst a flock of Lapwings, not a common visitor at Eyebrook but I'm sure it had flown over the hill from Rutland Water

A cormorant having a wing drying session

Then a Red Kite arrived.

And after a quick swoop and low pass ove the Lapwings.

They all took flight  and set off to the other end of the Reservoir.

I then returned to my original spot, Opposite Stoke Dry Village as the GWE had also moved after the Red Kite visit.

The GWE with some Golden Plovers flying past.

Goldfinch [Male] feeding on the seed of a thistle.

Adult male has a paler beak than the female.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit as much as I have in getting the images and putting the post together[ even if its smaller than the norm.

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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