Friday, 19 June 2015

Little Owls and Stonechats

I have recently had the good fortune to be shown where a pair of Little Owls have a territory and have enjoyed the last couple of weeks getting used to them and their habits... it is proving quite a challenge but today managed the first really clear shots off the male bird.



One of my favourite little birds is the Stonechat, but it has always been a struggle to get decent images as they mainly inhabit the open fell or moorland and getting close to them is very difficult. Today we went over to Conwy on the North wales coast where there is a healthy population that seemed to have bred well this year. Trouble is they inhabit an area thick with gorse, the males calling from the highest bushes in their territory. It was a bit of a painful session crawling through gorse bushes, of course dopey but a thin pair of pants on that now have some nice blood stains on them. But it was well worth it to get close to these enigmatic little birds... these are some of the images i managed.











I think this is a juvenile


and a pair





  1. Superb set Gary.
    Those Stonechat pictures are awesome.

  2. 'Just posted something of interest to you'....Well you can say that again Gary. I'm mean, the Little Owl is brilliant, but me being me, the Stonechats are something else, and you ended up with blood stained clothes to get that's determination and dedication Gary....Just wonderful.

    Kind Regards.


  3. By the way Gary....It is a juvenile Stonechat, and the female has a metal ring on it's right leg.


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