Titus and I had an evening out on Monday 7th July. We saw a few Little Owls, and even a Barn Owl (not successfully photographed), but it was the juveniles at my Little Owl Site No.41 which entertained us once more. One juvenile was already out when we arrived. This one succeeds in looking quite stern!
|Little Owl (Athene noctua) (1st juvenile) - my Site No.41|
A while later, a second juvenile appeared from one of the nest holes. To me, this one just looks a little bewildered - and cute!
|Little Owl (Athene noctua) (2nd juvenile) - my Site No.41|
Shortly after this, we moved on to our next port of call, which is where we saw the Barn Owl (Tito alba) from a distance.
Thursday 10th July was a day for a turn of duty at Rutland Water, and it was a particularly entertaining one for us - which will feature in my next post (there's a hint in the current header!). As usual, however, Titus and I did a bit of owling on the way there (and back!).
As we passed LO Site No.41 (again!), we spotted an adult and a juvenile (unfortunately not side-by-side) in the nest tree.
|Little Owl (Athene noctua) - my Site No.41|
|Little Owl (Athene noctua) (juvenile) - my Site No.41|
Further on, at my LO Site No.36, an owl was spotted near the nest tree, and close to the rarely used footpath. I thought it was an adult owl when I looked at it from a distance. It had the identical pose to that usually adopted by the male owl at this site, and shared the same eyebrow configuration. I decided to risk a stealthy approach, and obtained the following image. Now one of the key factors in a stealthy approach is to avoid eye contact. Furthermore, when taking the photos I was more intent of getting settings right than observing the owl in the three or four seconds that I faced it. It was only when I put the images up on the screen at home that I realised that I'd got a juvenile - that promises to be the spitting image of its dad!
|Little Owl (Athene noctua) (juvenile) - my Site No.36|
Yes, the owl was still there when I left, and was still there when I got back to the car.
More Little Owl were seen in the late evening, on the way home from Rutland but, as we entered one village, a Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) flew past us in the opposite direction. We turned round, and soon picked the owl up by sound. There was at least one juvenile, plus the adult we'd seen. One of the juveniles was spotted, and I only managed a record shot as it was all but dark by then.
|Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) (juvenile) - undisclosed site|
This was a very satisfying end to a grand day
Thank you for dropping by.