Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Short Eared Owl

Wow!! What a night I just had. I went out locally on a stunning night. It was warm and sunny and very peaceful. I was really just happy to be out and wasn't looking for anything in particular. It has been pretty quiet recently on the bird front, so I went a little further afield into Derbyshire. I came across lots of Kestrel and I was hoping for a Hobby, but had no joy. Instead, while waiting for a Hobby, I got a better treat, in the form of two Short Eared Owls, hunting across the moors. The light was magnificent. For some time I was a bit mesmerised, standing motionless while staring through the bins. I thought I'd get the camera out and see if I could get any half decent shots.
For quite a while they stayed at some distance. I wasn't going to go chasing them. No way did I want to disturb them. So I kept my patience and hoped they'd come closer. I got a real treat.








Busted! Finally spotted me after nearly an hour of watching from afar. It came with 20 metres of me. Nearly too close for my camera lens.


One last look in fading light, as it moved away to hunt in a new area.

27 comments:

  1. Oh WOW, what stunning images. I love owls and it's so good to scroll down and see this very special one in your world.

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  2. Wow, lucky you! Stunning photos!

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  3. Love the shot once you got busted!! Lucky you to have been able to capture this bird- a nice reward for being patient!

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  4. Great shots of a splendid bird - I remember the first time I saw one of these birds - in Northumbria.

    Sorry for the much delayed reply - I've been in the UK for a month and I decided to let the blogging take a back seat - normal service will resume very soon!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  5. HI WOW! What stunning images you captured. Your patience paid off big time. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Wow, these are amazing shots of the Owl.. Well done! Thank you for linking up with my critter party. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. did not know that name before today

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  8. One of the most beautiful bird on earth and gorgeous pictures! Thank you!!!

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  9. There's moral tale and an equation in your post Adam. Perseverance and time spent out in the field often pays good dividends. Great shots but now everyone will be asking you where to go.

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  10. Definitely worth the wait Adam and your patience paid off.

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  11. Wonderful photos of this beautiful bird.

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  12. What a beauty! Great shots, love the light play on the wings. Nicely done!

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  13. That is amazing! And that last photo, with it looking into the lens.... even more amazing!

    Kristin

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  14. dynamic action shots of a gorgeous owl ~ great composition, light and textures ~ thanks,

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Wow ! Such amazing photos of this beautiful bird in the flight !
    Greetings

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  16. Just wow, great luck, stunning photos and a great bird. Congratulations.

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  17. Adam; you took such stunning shots!!! As I read your intro' I couldn't but help think back to A Big Year movie (hope you've seen that one).

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  18. Awesome photos of a fabulous bird.

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  19. FANTASTIC shots! Amazing light. I LOVE the last shot with the sun filtering through his wings. Oh, what a beautiful encounter, well documented!

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  20. Great shots of the owl in flight.

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  21. how wonderful experience and so many great shots. I can only congratulate to it. :)

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  22. ...as it flies past you...I can almost here it say "Here's Looking at You"!! Wonderful series. Truly.

    Thanks for linking up this weekend at the Bird D'Pot!

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  23. Awesom flight-serie!
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  24. Oh WOW these are AMAZING images Adam. thanks for sharing.

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