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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Back From The Frozen North! - on 17th February, 2013

It's been a while since my last post as I've been on holiday in the Frozen North - well, North Yorkshire, actually!

First thing I did on my return was to try and feed my hunger to see owls as I'd not seen one for 12 days! A quick trip to my local patch turned up trumps with one sitting out at my Little Owl Site No.02 (no photos taken as I've got loads of an owl in exactly the same spot). A walk over the fields turned up another Little Owl at my recently re-occupied Site No.11. Unfortunately it was sitting a little away from the nest hole, surrounded by twigs, and I couldn't get a clear shot with the camera. Maybe a little judicious pruning is required here at some time when the owls are not around? I also need to visit a little earlier in the day next time, for better light.


Little Owl - my Site No.11
Not sure whether my next post will be about my holiday, or an update on my garden where it seems that the birds have thrived rather well whilst I've been away!

34 comments:

  1. Look forward to seeing what your garden has been up to and because I'm nosey I look forward also to hearing about your holiday plans lol

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    1. Don't get too excited Doug!! The holiday, although very enjoyable, was the most un-birdy holiday for a long time!

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    1. Thank you Karen - I love your Blue Jay!

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  3. Can't wait to see what you've found:) I'm glad the owls are well and happy! I always get stressed coming home after a long trip wondering how all the birds were doing:) Glad everyone was happy.

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    1. Perhaps I've overplayed the garden birds Chris, although a few of our rarer visitors have now become daily visitors, even though the weather is greatly improved.

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  4. just so cute with their harsh little scowling face! :)

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  5. Great photos and the owls are amazing birds.

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    1. THank you Mick. I just can't get enough of these birds!

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  6. Excellent photos! What gorgeous eyes this owl has.

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    1. Thank you EG-CG. I find those eyes captivating too.

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  7. I just get drawn in by their eyes every time. Hope you had a lovely time in Yorkshire (my birth place), but we did miss you at the weekend.

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    1. Hi Heather. We had a great time - based in Whitby. Didn't do much birdwatching, but did collect quite a few fossils!

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  8. They're beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Thank you Gary. All the best to you and Boomer

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  9. It's worth going to the north, 'cause you came back to a Little Owl, so beautiful and excellent photos.

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    1. Thanks Bob - although sometimes I do wonder why I ever leave my home area!

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    1. Thank you Hans. Your own latest post takes me back to the warm sunshine we enjoyed in Morocco in October. I've only been twice - each time in the autumn - so never seen the country after the wet season.

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  11. The little owl are adorable. Great shots!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I love your hummingbirds.

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  12. Awesome shots, Richard! Love the focus on the eyes. Beautiful markings, too!

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    1. Thank you Gail. There's magic in their eyes, for sure!

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  13. Hi there - great set of pictures - I think the branches add a sort of hidden quality to the image - I rather like it.

    I wonder about the sparrow-hwk in the earlier post - as far as I know the sections of feather without pigment are softer then the others - so this bird may get wear holes!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Thank you Stewart.

      With regard to the Sprawk, I've not seen this bird return. If I do see it again, I'll check on those wings.

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  14. I suspect the owl chose that particular spot precisely because it has NOT been pruned! Welcome home and thank you for sharing your owl images with those of us who can't seem to locate one no matter how hard we try!

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    1. Thank you Wally. You're possibly right, and maybe I should leave the twigs alone. As well as the photographic implications, I was concerned that the twigs were obstructing the owl's direct access (i.e. line-of-retreat) to its nest hole which was only about 4ft (0.6m) away. I'll check it out next time I'm that way.

      I'm exremely impressed by the Osprey image on your website, but i am not familiar with Google+, so have not managed to work out whether it's possible to get beyond your front page to get to more information and images?

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  15. Your owl pictures are wonderful,thanks for sharing!phyllis

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    1. Thank you Phyllis.

      As I mentioned to Wally (previous comment), I am not familiar with Google+, so have not managed to work out whether it's possible to get beyond your front page? I'm going to have to check this out soon!

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  16. I absolutely love your owl photos!

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    1. Thank you Linda. I'm glad that you enjoyed them.

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