Saturday, 10 December 2011

Papercourt Meadows ~10th December~

For nearly 3 weeks now I have been watching sightings of Short Eared Owls at Papercourt Meadows flood in, so today, I thought I would finally give it a go. Unfortunately these owls are not as co-operative as other owls and they only come out to play at dusk! We were in position by 2:00 and at 2:20, the first Short Eared Owl appeared (my first for 14 months!!). Over the course of the next 2 hours we saw a total of what we estimate to be 7 Short Eared Owls. At times they landed allowing us to get some really stunning views although for the most part, they remained to distant for photography. We were also lucky enough to see 1, possibly 2 Barn Owls hunting, although unfortunately they did not appear until the sun had set. A great afternoon and I hall be returning  if they stick around!

Other species seen: Stonechat, Redwings, Fieldfares

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl

Barn Owl (with Short Eared)

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