Sunday, 20 November 2011

Falling short

Possibly my favourite British bird is the Short-eared Owl.  In the last couple of winters, good numbers of owls have come across from the continent to winter and at a few sites, over a dozen can be seen hunting together.  I have now spent the last two afternoons trying, but ultimately failing, to get some good shots of these birds at two such sites, Worlaby Carrs in North Lincolnshire and Burwell Fen in Cambridgeshire.

Unfortunately, I wasn't alone in this quest and weekend probably isn't the best time to visit these sites as they are very popular with birders and photographers alike, and as a result the birds keep their distance from the massed ranks.  With scores of people stood along the road, it really is no surprise the birds don't come very close, even though there are many stunning images taken, presumably midweek when the number of people is much fewer.  Still managed excellent views of birds at both sites, but photography-wise, I'm going to have to make a better effort to get back in quieter times.

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