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Norwich Peregrines.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 14th June 2016 in Blogging | norwich peregrine,norwich cathedral Peregrine,perigrine,hawk and owl trust
Just caught the last 2 chicks to fledge from the Norwich Cathedral platform at the weekend. Lovely to see the young falcons exercise their wings and eventually fly off, a great project manned by the hawk and owl trust along with a similar one in Bath. A shame the weather was dull and drizzling, went back this morning, still cloudy, but all chicks fledged now, just saw the adult female at the very top eating a pigeon for breakfast before flying off. Amazing to see these birds in the city, long may it continue, hopefully I will get a picture of one a bit lower down to save my neck from cricking!!   ...

Falcon on the roof!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 20th April 2017 in Blogging | peregrine,wymondham
Wymondham Abbey, a beautiful old twin towered building in a tranquil setting looking out onto the green pastures of a meadow, vegetation hiding foundations of monastery buildings that time has forgot. All day and evening when the weather is nice, Wymondhams’ locals walk through the churchyard, some with dogs, some with loved ones, some alone, some with ministry work to do hurrying by, all of them passing the lone photographer standing and staring into space. Some stop to chat, and soon realise I am there for one thing, to try and get some shots of the predator above, the Peregrine Falcon. It is hard to imagine a nicer way to while away some time than in t...

2017 Norwich Peregrine family.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 28th June 2017 in Blogging |
After catching the end of the Norwich Cathedral Peregrine Falcon season last year and seeing the last 2 fledglings of 4 fledge, (before unfortunately all dying), I have been visiting the site since March this year to see the full story unfold. On my first visit this year it was all action, the new female Falcon, GA, (so called because of her leg ring number) had just laid one egg and was fussing about on the Platform. The male (Norm!), or Tiercel, from the latin so called as they are a third smaller than the female, was   busy keeping a juvenile intruder at bay and stooping on it repeatably until eventually went. After all the excitement I witnessed the pair...

Barn owl in the evening sun.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 25th January 2017 in Blogging | barn owl,wildlife
Lovely afternoon on the marsh yesterday, I got in position where the owl sometimes comes to hunt and once behind my camp net I had to just wait and see. While waiting I saw a Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Heron with a Stoat, Lapwing and short eared owl from a distance. As I clicked away with these other species I was hoping the owl would show before the sun went down, and at about 3.30 it appeared! Instead of a quick hunt around and then going to the far side of the marsh, it stayed for around 30 minutes stopping now and then on different posts. This gave me a great chance to get some nice perch shots for new cards and canvases which Im pleased with, and great t...

Sleet Stops Play!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 6th March 2016 in Blogging |
    Weather report said that we would get a couple of hours of sun this morning before the rain/snow came, so I was out early as I was trying a remote set-up with my other camera and a wide angle lens to get a 'vole eyed view' of an owl. All was good when I got there, but after setting everything up I looked across the marsh to see this rainbow and leaden sky and feared the worst. Sure enough, the wind picked up and sleet crashed down as I hurriedly covered up the cameras and shelter them with my body for 10 minutes until it stopped. I set up again as the sun peeped out from behind the clouds and the owl appeared hunting straight away, then it came do...

Picture in 2018 Calendar.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 11th October 2017 in Blogging |
Nice to see one of my Kingfisher images was chosen for the 2018 Norfolk Wildlife trust Calendar. You can order one from here: Great Christmas present idea and helping nature as well!...
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