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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.

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Getting a better look

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The juvenile makes a short hop to the roof.

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Lunch changes hand (or beak)

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And it’s the perfect kestrel take-away!

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

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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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I’m Just a Moody Owl

I am photographing other subjects, but for the moment the owls have it! These two shots were taken this morning (early).

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Moody looking short-eared owl at Sheepcote Valley, Brighton

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Very moody looking short-eared owl

Still trying and failing with the garden foxes, but I’ve been doing a little better with the badgers. This is from a few days ago.

Badger

Badger

Camera note: owl photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Badger was taken with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

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