Category Archives: owl

Park Cameras Wildlife Event

I spent a few hours at the Park Cameras wildlife event. It’s local, where I get all my camera gear, and it was a good opportunity to pick up a new filter and data card and see some big birds up close.

It’s always a little bit odd photographing captive-bred birds, but you can get shots that just wouldn’t be possible any other way.

Red Kite (captive)

Red Kite (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Long-eared owl (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Buzzard (captive)

Little owl (captive)

Little owl (captive)

I’ll be posting more wild shots of the short-eared owls soon.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Woods Mill Kestrels

It’s been a long time since I’ve featured kestrels, so this makes a nice break from those boring short-eared owls (only joking!). I took this sequence at Woods Mill, the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust. The photos show what I assume is a juvenile being provided with a tasty vole by an adult male. The juvenile then flies off with the treat.

kestrel feeding

Adult perches on the roof of the nest box. The juvenile gets active.

kestrel feeding

Getting a better look

kestrel feeding

The juvenile makes a short hop to the roof.

kestrel feeding

Lunch changes hand (or beak)

kestrel feeding

And it’s the perfect kestrel take-away!

As for the owls… this is how boring they are 😉

short-eared owl

Close-up of a short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Buzzard and Crow

I have been gathering more beautiful shots of our local owls and promise that I’ll post some very soon. The owls are my early morning walks. Buzzards are the treat at lunchtime.

I hadn’t planned on going too far, but a buzzard caught my eye as I left the office and I followed in its general direction to some downland at the top of Moulsecoomb. It’s good buzzard territory. Woodland and open fields. Fine for buzzards, and there are plenty of crows too. They don’t always get on.

The mobbing is more of a joust than anything serious, but the crows are defensive and no doubt have young to protect. There were several rounds of this and each time the buzzards and crows retreated to separate areas of woodland.

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #1

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #2

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #3

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow  at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard being mobbed by a crow at Moulsecoomb, Brighton #4

Here’s a more conventional shot of the buzzard in flight.

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

Buzzard at Moulsecoomb, Brighton

As for the owls… here’s a taster.

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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