Whilst probably around 80-90% of my birdwatching time is spent purely focused on owls, there are, of course, times when I feel inspired to take photos of other birds or even non-avian subjects. Sometimes this happens when I'm specifically owling!
One of the sites that occasionally turns up interest is my Little Owl Site No.21. Since I've been monitoring this site, I've had a few good sightings here, including Red Kite, and recently a Great Grey Shrike which I saw at relatively close quarters, but failed to get my camera on before it departed - something that will haunt me for ages to come! Worryingly, the Little Owls haven't been seen for a few months now, although they bred this year.
|Sunset Sky - from my LO Site No.41|
|Common Buzzard - at my LO Site No.21|
This last image from No.21 was taken on a wet and windy December afternoon and yes, I did see Little Owls that afternoon, but not here!
|Common Kestrel (female) - in the nest tree at my LO Site No.21|
Sometimes, when out owling with my pal Titus, we pop over to Rutland Water. On one mid-November day nothing astounding turned up, but we were seeing lots of Redwing and Fieldfare. It's a long while since I got a decent image of either of these - and this isn't one of them!
|Redwing - Rutland Lyndon Reserve|
|The Cormorant Tree - Rutland Lyndon Reserve|
|The Moon - from Rutland Lyndon Reserve|
My first attempts at that last shot were pretty hopeless, but I got much better ones about ten minutes later when I'd walked a bit closer! A pity that the gull couldn't have obliged by getting in the same focal plane!
My local patch has turned up some good sightings in the past, including Redstart, but usually in the summer. Not wanting to ignore the local patch in this post, the best I have to offer (other than owls, of course) is this Kestrel.
|Common Kestrel (male) - by my LO Site No.02|
|Squirrel - undisclosed site|
|Sparrowhawk - at my LO Site No.18|
|Little Egret - at my LO Site No.18|