Short Eared Owl

23/01/2015

The Christmas festivities are over and it is good to be out before sunrise.  There have been reports of a Short eared owl at Burnham Overy Dunes.  Walking from the A149 towards Holkham pines with large flocks of Wigeon, Pink Footed and Brent geese, in the fields to my right I reach the end of the footpath and make myself comfortable on the bank to watch a distant female Marsh Harrier, there are no signs of the Short eared owl.  The sun rises at 8.15am and does nothing to improve the poor light, I head for home and will return later this afternoon, when the light might have improved.


During my afternoon visit the geese and Wigeon are still feeding in the fields, as I approach the last bend on the bank from Burnham Overy Iand spot a distant SEO.  I position myself a short way down the bank, with winter sun behind me and protected a from the northerly wind, I prepare to wait.  My patience is rewarded, three short eared owls and a Barn Owl  quarter the rough grass putting on a wonderful afternoon performance.  


The light fading fast so with the Barn owl hunting beside me and 10,000 Pink feet in the sky heading for the roost at Holkham I head off back towards the car. The sight and sound of the geese in flight on a winters evening is magnificent.

 
 
 
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