Whos keeping an eye on me....

Monday, 30 May 2011

Moorland Hunter

I am lucky to live close to a wonderful moorland location...... the scenary is stunning and yes it can be bleak (even in the summer) but the habitat is home to a number of very special species of bird. Red Grouse, Curlew, Golden Plover as well as a variety of raptors all make it their home.

However the Short Eared Owls are very special, especially when they are so confiding as I this fella was on Sunday evening. 

Close!


Surveying his patch



eye to eye contact


I`m watching you....


alarm calls from the Curlew

16 comments:

Andrew said...

Wow Dave...these images are stunning.

MaineBirder said...

Fantastic photo series Dave! Love the Owl in flight shots.

Kim, USA said...

Wow your birds are fantastic and not common to other places. My bird for this week is house finch and hope what you saw there is the same as what we've got here. ^_^Thanks for the visit!

house finch

Gary said...

Stunning action shots of a real beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

It sounds like great habitat for the birds. The owl photos are really special. I am intrigued with the photo of the Curlew as the only curlews we see down here in Australia are shorebirds.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome flight shots, love the owl and the curlew captures.

Springman said...

Doesn't get much better then that does it Dave! You were definetly locked in. These are great photos!

holdingmoments said...

Superb shots of the owl Dave.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - splendid shots of the owl - that and the curlew are great moorland birds - not much of that type of habitat in Australia.

Used to be able to watch both birds on my local patch in North Lancs.

Cheers - Stewart M

Adam Tilt said...

Absolutely stunning photos Dave.

Pat said...

These are wonderful photos! The Owl in flight, looking straight at you is really special!

Sondra said...

Those shots are amazing!!! and topped off with a curley.. wow--

Arija said...

WOW!!! Hats off to you!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Incredible photos. I'm jealous as heck!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great! well done!!!

Frank said...

Stunning series Dave.