Old Yellow Eyes

September 25, 2022 at 5:32 pm

Last weeks blog was all about this years orange-eyed Long Eared Owls so this week it is the turn of the yellow-eyed Short Eared Owls. Two different males are included in the gallery photos on my Facebook page and with Shorties the face of the male goes whiter with age and the eyes a deeper yellow. Sadly because Shorties are more active diurnally than Longies and hunt along moorland roads they are more vulnerable to passing traffic. I know of two Shorties that have been killed on my local moors in the last five years – a sad end to a spectacular Owl. www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

Celebration Time

September 18, 2022 at 7:21 pm

It is now more than 15years since I started the weekly blog in 2007. So here we are 780 entries later and this Spring something happened that I have waited all those years for – to film a hunting male Short Eared Owl in the morning followed by a hunting male Long Eared Owl in the evening – surely the ultimate Pennine challenge. Not only did it happen this Spring but it happened three times in one week! So this week we will celebrate with photos of two different male Long Eared Owls followed next week by a male Short Eared Owl – take your pick from the extensive galleries on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

Gone To The Wall

September 11, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Last years survey of breeding butterflies in Greater Manchester claims there are now no Wall butterflies present. It is a butterfly that thrives in hot, sunny weather and last week conditions were perfect to go looking for them. I know a secluded valley to the north of the County where I have regularly found Wall butterflies  in the past. I was not to be disappointed and in one hour at least six different ones posed for the camera.


The Great White Egret

September 4, 2022 at 7:11 pm

Even up to ten years ago it was impossible to ever imagine a Great White Egret appearing locally. So it was a surprise when one appeared recently at Hollingworth Lake and stayed for more than ten days.
Early one morning I went along to have a look at the Egret as it made the most of the low water-levels. Unfortunately I was looking into the rising sunlight but it worked to my advantage as the Egret was beautifully back-lit as it caught its fish. www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife