I spend a lot of time travelling to places photographing wildlife , sometimes with no results. Looking out at the bird feeders this morning i noticed the Bank Voles scurrying around underneath them feeding on the left-overs scattered by the feeding birds. All this going on only a few feet from my window. This was an opportunity too good to miss and after only a few minutes i had some decent stuff, the only problem i found was , i was too close to focus on the Voles at one point. Sometimes it pays to look a bit closer at whats right under your Nose not what might be round the next corner , well for a bit anyway !!
Dennis felt rough, He’d been on the apple all night !
I’ve been watching the Cuckoo’s around the local Forestry’s, without much success , never being close enough for good results with the camera. and after three days on the trot walking up and down the mountain with all my kit – trying to get something that was any good i had just about given up for another morning. Heading back to the Truck i noticed some Cuckoo’s in the clear fell Area so i got in the truck and waited – nothing happened for a long time until one flew in closer and started feeding on big hairy caterpillars, dropping down off a fence post to catch them , then back to the post to thrash them before swallowing.
I stuck around for a bit after the Cuckoo left and just before packing up a fox trotted down the track towards me, quickly turning tail when it must have winded me.
Getting the Hell Out’a Dodge
Looking for breakfast
Mmm , Tastes like Chicken !
A quick visit to the river found the Dippers now feeding their Young, you could hear them calling as the parents flew in with food. I use a light-weight camo print net to breakup my outline when sitting, waiting for the birds to appear , and it worked today as a Grey Wagtail worked its way up the river bank it hopped up and rested on my boot ! how cool was that !
Bugs for breakfast
I,ve been watching a Tawny Owl nest over the past couple of weeks ,which is in a crack in one of the main limbs of a large tree . Its on a bank and through the binoculars you can see into the nest , when the parent was on eggs she could bee seen in the hollow limb but blended in really well , dozing in the warm sun.
The young are visible now with the parents leaving them alone during the day, within a few days they will leave the nest and clamber into nearby conifers.
It must be a good year for Tawny Owls as The nest box i put up a year or two ago also has a nesting Tawny in it .
Two of three young