A bit of local work....

08th June 2012
The Short eared owls had been great through the winter, finally getting out with my camera and coming away with some images that I was happy with.

I Made the journey to the shorty location a couple more times but I did not improve on the images that I had already got.
The last time I went, it had been snowing heavily and I was hoping to get some nice images of them hunting in the snow. I called Tony and he was there, he said " its a bit slippy coming down the track mate but just go slow and you will be ok" That was enough for me, so off I went.
The track down to the field was a bit "dodgy" but was ok as long as you took it easy. It was all down hill and I was alredy thinking how to get back up at the end of the day.....
Not much really happened with the owls that day, so Tony and I decided to leave a little earlier. He said follow me out up this other track as it''s not as steep as the other way, so Tony drove off around the corner.
I went to follow him but my car would not move, the rear brakes had frozen up!!! I sat there trying to free them but with no joy. A couple of people came over to help me push the car. After a couple of minutes of spraying snow everywhere, finaly I heard a crack and the car started moving, one of the brakes became free. Tony was gone up the hill, around the corner and out of sight by now. He phoned me to ask where I was. I told him what had happened and said i will be there in a mo.
I got up a bit of speed to get up the hill but right at the top my car came to a stop and started wheel spinning.... I was stuck, the drivers side brake was still frozen. Tony came back to help, what a mission, It took ages, freezing cold, knackerd from pushing it up the hill and I got stuck on the m1 too. Not happy!!!!!

Well after that I decided not to go back, even though the owls were still there in good numbers.
So Tony and I decided to have a go on a local lake for the ducks, grebes, swans and whatever other wildlife may be there. He had already been a couple of times and had got some good images. It was a nice crisp morning in Febuary.
When we turned up the Coots were fighting, causing a right comotion...



Eventually they parted and went their own ways, for a few minites at least....


We fed them bread to get them a little closer and as this was a park lake they were all used to being fed....


It wasn''t long before the gulls moved in for a free meal....

I was trying to get a few birds in flight...

Canadian goose....



I capturd 4 images of this Great crested grebe scooting across the water and put all four images together, A bit different...

and this one was fishing just in front of us....

There were a few Wigeon there too, although they would not come to close, this one having a stretch....

and a Canadian goose having a stretch too....


A Greylag goose....

And finally a Greylag/Canadian cross....

Thanks for looking and please visit back soon....