Golf Course Bonus

September 16, 2018 at 6:26 pm

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There is little doubt that Golf Courses are in a prime position to provide a very special bird-habitat. The planting of Gorse, as a hazard for golfers, is a perfect nest-site for Long Tailed Tits and Linnets. This week’s photo, taken on my local golf-course, is of a superb male Linnet – one of more than six pairs using this hazard as a nest-site.
September is the quietest time of the year for my camera which is having a rest this week! Therefore  no gallery!

Skulking Whitethroats

September 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm

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As you walk along the hedgerows of the Pennines there are any number of Warbler type birds that are gobbling up the abundance of Blackberries. Of those that I have checked out all but one have been Whitethroats, the other was a Blackcap. They must literally be eating their way south!
During the breeding season the male Peregrine provides the female with prey for their young. Before he passes it to her he plucks the feathers off it on a rock near the nest called a plucking post( Sparrowhawks do the same). Whilst on Islay in June I came across the most spectacular Peregrine plucking post that I have ever seen. Photos of it are in this weeks gallery. If only it was possible to photograph the male as he plucked the prey against the backdrop of spectacular Hebridean scenery! Click here

Moving Out

September 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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It is not often that you are able to catch up with young Short Eared Owls after they have fledged. This year they have been so successful that I have been able to obtain film of some young long after they have left the nest. The Owl in this weeks blog is three months old and would perch briefly each evening, just before sunset, then go off to hunt through the night.It is only a matter of weeks now before conditions will change in the hills and most of these juvenile Owls will move to the coast as winter moves in.Click here

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