Shorties in the Fens….

Numbers of Short-eared Owls are now arriving from the continent to winter here. A day out at Burwell Fen provided some good birdwatching and photo opportunities…..0R3A71540R3A71500R3A71380R3A71530R3A71360R3A7130-20R3A7129-30R3A71270R3A7126-20R3A70620R3A71110R3A7060

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Barn Owl

 

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Got lucky when my son Rob spotted a Barn Owl quartering fields just outside Moulton (Northants) Once common in our area, this was now a good sighting. It was still about it’s business in the same field when I  arrived and it flew quite close at times, as I stood on the (not busy) roadside.  16th March 2018.

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Wheatears at Harrington

The continuing spring passage has produced good opportunities of watching and photographing Northern Wheatears at Harrington Airfield, Northants. Patience is required and I’ve spent a few hours on my visits hiding amongst the old Cold War bunkers in some very variable weather conditions. As it’s quite high for this part of the world at over 500 feet in old money it can get pretty breezy, quite challenging when snapping small perching birds.

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Male does a Marilyn Monroe…….

 

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Bluethroat

Had a great day out today, when Ella and I went to Willow Tree Fen to twitch a first winter male Bluethroat. It was a perky little fella and appeared sporadically from its skulking in a reedy ditch onto a trackway on a very windy open Fenland site.

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As it gained confidence it hopped from cover and at one point, encouraged by a male Stonechat flew out onto the fence.

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The following images were taken throughout the morning in overcast and brisk conditions.

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A great little bird – and brilliant birding.