While out looking at potiental sites for photographing Marsh Harriers, I realised there was a Barn Owl hunting over the next field. So I took cover under a tractor, on the side of the field and watched the owl for about 20 minutes. I soon began to see its routine and behaviour: hunting up and down the reeds in the middle, then resting at the end of the field for a couple of minutes. I used this detail to get a closer encounter. When the owl was resting, I slowly moved and tucked myself into the reeds. After waiting a while the owl suddenly took off again and start heading along the reeds. This happened on a couple of occasions and allowed me to get these shots.
|Barn Owl hunting|
|Barn Owl flying straight towards me|
|Barn Owl searching for food|
|Looked straight at me when my camera went off|
|Soaring Barn Owl|
While this was all happening I suddenly caught sight of a Short Eared Owl in the next field hunting, but I couldn't leave because it would have scared the Barn Owl. This would mean it could be more cautious in the future, so I sat and watched.
After this unexpected encounter I went off to look for the Purple Sandpiper. I had seen it a week prior on a birding trip with Norfolk Birding. It didn't take long to find it again, hiding amongst a group of Turnstones. I positioned myself along the coastline and waited for the birds to come to me. The first time I did this, a Golden Labrador decided to jump on my back and scared off all the birds which was extremely annoying. Nevertheless I waited an hour and they returned and managed to get a few shots:
|Purple Sandpiper eating|
|Purple Sandpiper portrait|
|Purple Sandpiper hiding|
|Purple Sandpiper preening|
|Keeping an eye on me|
This would be much appreciated. Thanks.
- Always take time to study the bird or animal's behaviour. It will pay off in the long run.
- Check large groups of Waders because some of the time there will be a rarer species among them.
- With Waders, watch their route along the shore and position yourself further along. Have patience and they will come to you.
- Always go on scouting days because locations change regularly.