Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 2011 – a new year at Willington

The owl fest continued until last weekend [8th] with the Short-eared owl and Barn Owl showing well.

Since then, what with a poorly camera and the weather from cold and bright, to dull and wet, I haven’t had much chance to bag any images of note. The owls seem now to have either dispersed, or with the ground now completely thawed, have reverted to their normal feeding timetables. As this week arrives [w/c 17th] the weather is set to get cold and clear for a few days, so fingers crossed!

Yesterday saw me back at the top platform, after 3 fruitless hours at the “owl spot”, aside from a couple of Jays, a Willow Tit, numerous Crows and BH Gulls, 2 arguing Grey Herons and a family of Pheasants. The sun did come out briefly, just as the DWT working party started work on the far side of the pit.  This was fortuitous, as the ducks took to the skies momentarily, although the Wigeon stayed firmly put in the water.

Teal in flight are always a joy to see, as are Goldeneye – I’ve yet to get really close to a wild one, especially in flight.

Although not rare by any stretch, Wood Pigeon are a delight to watch in flight and are a bird that has evaded my lens, at least for a half-decent picture.

The weekend soon arrives again and the 22nd brought dull skies, although the Barn Owl was out at first light. On the main pit, very little stirred, aside from the normal collection of wildfowl and others – Teal, Tufted, Mallard, 4 Shelduck, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Little Egret, 14 Cormorant and 4 Grey Herons. A dead male Mute Swan marred the enjoyment somewhat -the rest of the Swan’s family not too far away.

The 23rd again was dull, no Owls today [am anyway], but a beautiful female Sparrowhawk cruised past platform 1.

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