Monday, 16 February 2015

Halvergate fill-up: Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Buzzard and wild Swans...

Strumpshaw this afternoon was an almost totally bird-free zone: certainly nothing to point a camera at! So, despite the glowering skies and poor light, I drove over to Halvergate for a scan of the marshes.

The first birds of note were 100+ Bewick's grazing distantly towards the Berney Arms - always good to see. As I neared the bridge I recognised top birder and all-round good bloke Perry Fairman and his friend Sally. They were watching a Short-eared Owl quartering the fields to the West, so I managed to park in the small layby and join them for a thoroughly enjoyable half-hour.

First one, then two Short-eared Owls hunted across the rough meadow, allowing reasonable photography (albeit somewhat grainy, with ISO values of 1600 to 3200!) One of the Owls narrowly missed becoming a road casualty, before flying eastwards: a Rough-legged Buzzard slouched on a gate in typically louche fashion!


1 comment:

Faerie Son said...

Delightful! Short-eared Owls as we would all like to see them.