Friday 29 May 2020

Barn Owls, Wadebridge Cornwall 28th May 2020.

As the fabulous weather continues both male & female barn owls are out hunting with the female spending less time in the nestbox.

There are now 5 owlets as one was very small & rarely got a chance to get food as he was usually beaten to it by his larger siblings.
One other is a lot smaller than the other 4 but it's beginning to look like he may well make it if this good weather continues & both parents stay in good health.

Here are some more photos and also some screen grabs from the CCTV inside the nestbox.

This shows the size variation of the youngsters & the 6th one that sadly didn't make it in centre of frame.

Saturday 23 May 2020

Barn Owls hunting. Cornwall 22nd May 2020.

After many hours I eventually managed to photograph both the male & the female Barn Owl out hunting last evening.
The female is much richer coloured on her back & wings and has speckles all over her underwings & breast. The male is more the classic "white owl" with a clean underside and much lighter back & wings.
Just love watching these fabulous birds!

These birds are feeding 6 owlets in a nestbox and as of today all 6 are surviving although 2 are very small.
The female is now taking a share of the hunting and last night didn't spend the night in the ever filling box. 

Here are several images from the evening as I took advantage of what sunlight there was. As dusk closed in they continued to hunt but the light levels eventually beat my camera's  settings!


Tuesday 19 May 2020

More hunting Barn Owls locally. 18th May 2020.

The male owl was hunting when I arrived at 7:20 pm this evening.

Unbelievably he caught 3 voles in 20 minutes & took them to the nest. Sadly for me each was caught in a meadow where I wasn't set up with my camera!!!

It was fantastic evening light but as soon as it started to drop he then caught 2 voles right in front of me. Great to watch and he was ages on the ground dispatching the creature before taking off with the rodent in his beak before transferring it to his talons to fly the approx 300 metres back to the nest.

Monday 18 May 2020

Barn Owls in North Cornwall 17th May 2020

I've watched this male Barn Owl hunting locally for several evenings and think I'm beginning to see a pattern as to where he hunts & the route he takes back to the nest where he has a female & 6 owlets that cover a vast size difference. 4 are really well grown now but 2 are still minute and they were all hatched within 1-2 days of each other.

Friday 15 May 2020

Broad bodied Chaser dragonflies. Goss Moor 15th May 2020.


Male Broad bodied Chaser

My first dragonflies of the year today.
A male & a female Broad bodied Chaser trying to keep out of the cold wind.

A couple of hours spent on the Goss moor National nature reserve in Mid Cornwall looking for warblers, dragonflies & butterflies came up with these beauties.

Female Broad bodied Chaser