Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Pygmy Owl.

They come in pairs, the last time I saw a Pygmy Owl was the same day I saw a Hawk Owl back 2005. This bird has been present for a while but has been difficult to see at times and so Vincent, Rob, Roland, Sam and I were keen to try for this bird on the first day of 2014. Photo above by Rob Ter Ellen.

Above shows you the area nearby to where this bird is spending time and below shows Rob & Vincent celebrating seeing the Pygymy Owl which was a Dutch new species for them both.

A little wander through the woods produced a few Crossbills, Nuthatches and then these two hooligans below appeared out of the woods which was nice to see them both again.

One last final look at the Pygmy Owl which had moved from the original area and re-located but was obscured. Photo below was the best I could do with my iPhone through Robs scope. A great start to the year of 2014.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Hawk Owl - Need I Say More….

After an absence of just on nine years it was time for another day of absorbing up a Hawk Owl. The set up and the scenery was a little different from the bird back in Uppsala, Sweden 2005 but equally as good. 

This time it was off to Zwolle with Sam Woods to try for another..

This individual is more of an urban dweller and seeming to like to start the day in the small sub-station where it was first seen sitting on the stanchions and cables. It then sat in the tree below which was situated in the middle of the road (photo below). Humans, Cars, Ambulance's and even fireworks going off in the surrounding area don't seem bother this bird in the slightest.

This bird is a bit of celebrity in these parts as lots of non birders are even pulling over on the road side to take a look, click away and to see what all the fuss is about.

Later in the day this bird showed well perched on the crossbar of a goal on the nearby football pitch and then sat on the barred wire fence on the edge of the nearby housing estate before being watched carrying a Blackbird and watched perched with it in its tallons before returning back to the sub-station.

A big thank you to Vincent Van Der Spek for all the help and logistical support to see this true beast of a bird.

An excellent end to the year of 2013.