Whilst at my local Short-eared Owl site, I met a fellow photographer and almost immediately discovered that we had a mutual friend through our wives. Martin had never been to Cannock Chase before, so we went there on Tuesday with the main objective being for me to show him a few choice sites both there, and on the way there.
We first made a call at the local SEO site to see if the owls were out in the frosty morning (it was minus 2deg.c ) close to the road (no time to check out the whole site). They weren't, but this juvenile Buzzard was close to the road as we drove away.
|Common Buzzard (juvenile) - near Ashby de la Zouch|
It was totally unfazed by me stopping the car, winding down the window, and two of us banging off numerous shots. I was even hoping that we might get some images of it taking to the air, but it was still there when we left!
A stop at one of my Little Owl sites (No.15) revealed one bird just visible outside the nest hole - but as this was in a tree in the middle of a cultivated field, we couldn't get near enough for any images.
Arriving at Cannock Chase, we made for the area which is my favourite for photographing small birds. We could have stayed in the car but, for comfort and flexibility of shooting direction, we both set up our chair hides. Whilst nothing unusual in the way of birds was seen, the weather was mainly 'cloudy - bright' and I'm very pleased with the images obtained, even if the subjects are totally commonplace. When we arrived, there was still frost on the branches.
|Robin - Cannock Chase|
|Blue Tit - Cannock Chase|
|Nuthatch - Cannock Chase|
|Long-tailed Tit - Cannock Chase|
|Bullfinch - Cannock Chase|
|Great Tit - Cannock Chase|
|Coal Tit - Cannock Chase.|
Thank you Martin, for the pleasure of your company.