Saturday, 31 December 2011

Barn Owl

My last bird seen in 2011 was...a Barn Owl! We had great views of one hunting and perched on the A1 junction roundabout in Letchworth at 22:30. Great views of my favourite bird to end the year.

Great Grey Shrike at Therfield Heath

Great Grey Shrike - brilliant way to end a fantastic years birdwatching.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Burwell Fen

Short-Eared Owl - we saw just the one owl (up to 15 had been seen recently on the fen) and it was quite distant, so the photos are not very sharp.
Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting


Kestrel














                          
                                Fieldfare
Hen Harrier (female)

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hyde Park

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Moorhen
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Treecreeper
Treecreeper
Treecreeper
Treecreeper

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese












Egyptian Goose
Black-Headed Gull
Ring-Necked Parakeet
Grey Squirrel

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Sandon - Little Owl

Little Owl. This version has been edited in Photoshop by a friend, with obvious difference in quality. The file size has been restricted so it cannot be enlarged, so I have left the non-edited version on the blog as well.




Little Owl. Driving through Sandon, something caught my eye in a tree just metres from the road. We reversed up and I found what I had seen - I had a feeling it was an owl. Whilst taking photos I still wasn't certain what it was but when I saw it's neck turn I knew it was a Little Owl. It then flew out of the tree and I got a great view of it flying close to the car. Amazing! The light was fading so the photo isn't very sharp - but still pleased with the result
Sky at sunset

Garden

Starling
Starling eating a grape (right) and House Sparrow (left)