Sunday, 5 February 2017

A Return Visit to Burwell Fen for Short-eared Owls

22nd January 2017

We arrived quite early in the car park so time for a wander up the track towards Wicken Fen to avoid getting cold standing around waiting for the owls. Fieldfares were still strutting their stuff in the paddock and a lone female Reed Bunting was posing nicely on a Phrag head. But the best of all was, having just said it is surprising that we don't see many Marsh Harriers at Burwell Fen, three individuals flew over in the space of 5 minutes including this cracking female.

Now to the business at hand and time to take up position for the afternoon flight display, pausing just slightly to photograph the compulsory Kestrel.

Today we had absolutely flat calm conditions and superb light so we should expect plenty of flying and hopefully lots of opportunities. We were not be disappointed. Up to six owls were flying at any one time with one or two individuals coming quite close apparently totally oblivious to our presence. A very busy couple of hours.

Well, what a superb day and I think I can say without contradiction that these are my best Shortie photos so far, so very pleased with that.

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