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Barn Owls on the hunt.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 27th June 2016 in Barn Owl | Barn Owl,hunting
Went over to the marsh last week in the evening, and managed to get some shots of 2 Barn Owls hunting for food. I think they are feeding chicks as they are carrying food. Light was difficult, either late evening sun or black clouds in the space of a few seconds! Interesting to see the 2 owls almost hovering over the top of each other at one point, maybe eyeing up the same vole!...

3 Barn Owls on the marsh.

Posted by GBJ on 16th December 2015 in Blogging | new site,first blog post,welcome
  Great trip to the Norfolk marsh this morning, thanks to Andy Brown for the tip-off. Up at 6AM, up to my knees in marsh mud in the reeds by 7.30 with all my kit, ready to go. Always good while you are waiting to keep checking the light levels and adjusting ISO to as low as you can get away with as the sun comes up. 3 Barn Owls hunting in glorious morning sunshine gave us some great photo opportunities. It really makes you think how easy most of us humans have it when you see how hard these birds have to work just to get breakfast!    ...

Who You Looking At !

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 4th March 2016 in Blogging |
Great afternoon on the marsh, thought Id pop down as it was reasonably good weather, and even at 2.30pm the Barn Owls were hunting. After id been there a couple of hours after getting some nice shots in flight and perched, I was thinking about leaving, when a Short Eared Owl turned up!    I got some great shots as he hunted the same area for a while, and then as he went the Barn Owl turned up again and landed for a rest in the field not far in front of me. Glad I made the effort now to trudge through the waterlogged fields to get to the spot.   ...

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...

A few days spent at Old Buckenham Park.

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 2nd June 2017 in Blogging |
Spent a few early mornings and evenings over at the Old Buckenham Country Park site to check out how the wildlife is progressing. Great to see the male kingfisher using the perch we put out, he visited between 6 and 7AM, first catching and eating a fish himself, then catching 4 more fish which he turned around so it was head facing out (if they eat one they take it head first so the spines and scales go down easier) and flew to the nest each time to give to his young, hopefully see some young soon! The pond is in a lovely spot which catches the sun nicely. While waiting for the Kingfisher, the Barn Owl was hunting successfully, taking plenty of short tailed...

Barn Owlets 'Kissing'!

Posted by Gavin Bickerton-Jones on 20th September 2018 in Blogging |
Went over to Old Buckenham last week to see how the 2 Owlets were doing, and as I drove in I was amazed to see them both on a post each in the field, with an adult on a 3rd post! It looked like they were getting hunting lessons, so I stopped the car, grabbed my camera from the passenger seat and crept out to use the car as a hide, hoping they wouldn't fly off! I lent the camera on the roof and got some shots as one owlet flew over to the other one and looked like it gave it a kiss and cuddle before flying off, a cute moment. Once they flew off, I got set up by a tree and waited, and they came back just as the golden evening sun was showing its last rays, and g...