I went back to Hawling this evening to see if I could get more Barn Owl action. At first it started off in a field I was not set up for and it was quite distant, but it soon made it's way to the same field as yesterday. With a slightly different wind to yesterday, although the bird was more distant, there were a lot of runs in my direction so I managed quite few more frontal shots.
I was joined by one of the local farmers out walking his dog and we could hardly believe our eyes as a Red Kite drifted into view and started shadowing the Barn Owl - presumably a mugging was about to take place. Unfortunately, because of my prime lens, I couldn't get both birds in the same shot but the Barn continued to hunt, seemingly unaware of the Red Kite. Then something even more spectacular occurred. From nowhere a Short Eared Owl appeared and started to seriously buzz the Red Kite, and there followed a fairly busy 5 minute dog fight.
occasionally they got very close
Eventually the Kite gave in and wheeled away.
During the dogfight the Barn Owl had slipped away so the Short Eared Owl continued to hunt the field he had claimed(-:).
A well erned rest(-:)
As you can see the light was fading so it was time to go.
I'm buzzing!, especially after thes last 4 days(-:). Apologies if there are too many photos, but I hope you like them.
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Bob look like you have had a good day with your camera some really Brilliant photos just wow wow wow.
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In reply to bob's_retired_now:
Of course we like them B_r_n 'cos they are fabulous captures & so pleased you are pleased!!
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In reply to WendyBartter:
A brilliant 4 days. Thank you.
In reply to edgebander:
Bob, you could have posted fifty photos like that and it wouldn't have been too many. Absolutely magnificent! Thank you so much for sharing them.
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In reply to Clare:
Excellent set of photos Bob. Once again you seem to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time ( not to mention the ability to capture the action in such fantastic detail). I'm not surprised that you are buzzing.!!
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In reply to Paul A:
Another big WOW Bob, those sequences are amazing, especially the SEO & red kite. Absolutely fantastic.
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In reply to Noisette:
Bob - can see you enjoyed yourself! And what exceptional pictures! Thanks for posting! (And no, there can't be too many....!)
Fabulous photographs, Bob. I admire how you stayed in control of your camera with all that action to see. Thank you.
Right Bob, what we now need is advance knowledge of where you are going next and what you are going to see and then we can all get in on the action.
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