Sunday, 9 January 2011

Good hunting

It seems to be a truth of birdwatching that the times that you go out looking for something, kitted up and expectant, you will be disappointed. The karmic balance is restored by days like today, when our afternoon walk was accompanied by a barn owl hunting in the fields and hedgerows seemingly wherever we went. It is always a treat to get even a brief glimpse of these ghostly predators, but this was a prolonged, close performance as it followed the line of the hedges and quartered the fields searching (successfully) for small mammals.

Almost literally stumbling on a green woodpecker and seeing a kestrel being mobbed by rooks topped off a delightful half hour of nature on our doorstep.

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