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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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Short Eared Owl

I’d heard rumours that a short-eared owl had been seen locally, and I wanted to check it out. The sun was just coming up when I arrived at Sheepcote Valley, and it didn’t take long for me to see that the journey wasn’t wasted. In the distance the unmistakeable outline of an owl was quartering the valley.

Short eared owl with the Whitehawk television mast in the background

Short eared owl with the Whitehawk Hill transmission mast in the background

The early morning frost kept the ground hard (otherwise it would have been close to a quagmire. I edged my way down into the valley and watched as Shortie flew sweeps, occasionally diving into the undergrowth, but mainly just out looking, hunting.

Short eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Short eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

I took far too many shots, mostly from too far away; but an owl encounter gets me like that. A few have come out ok, but I need to work on it to get better flight shots in what is pretty poor light.

Short eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

Short eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

As the sun rose above the Downs, parts of the valley were bathed in a beautiful light. Inevitably I was caught out and too far away, but it was beautiful to see the owl bathed in the golden morning light.

Short eared owl bathed in golden light just after sunrise.

Short eared owl bathed in golden light just after sunrise.

The forecast for the next couple of days is good, and as the month progresses the good light will arrive slightly earlier which will help. I hope to get more photos, but you can never guarantee these things. A great way to start the day. That, I can say.

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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House Martins at Falmer

House martin season is in full swing down at Falmer Pond. The adults are busy preparing for their broods, gathering mud for nest building at the water’s edge. There’s a swallow in among them.

House martins

House martins

House martins

And a photo from Monday.

Siberian Eagle Owl

Ok, I admit this is not a house martin!

It’s a Siberian Eagle Owl, part of a display of birds of prey at Wakehurst Place.

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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