"Operation noctua" end of week 6

April 01, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Another warm (for the time of year) week but all change now as the blocking anticyclone drifts off into the north Atlantic, meaning a return to cold air and northerly winds for the owls - maybe even a little cloud and drizzle?!

One of the owls definitely seems to be taking much more of an interest in the nest box now (the female I assume) with the male on guard on the barn still...

In the spliced clips below, the very last clip shows the male (I think) do his meerkat impression from the top of the barn and then he flies to the other corner of the barn (out of shot) at 16:34hrs on Friday gone.

Anna and I were watching him at the time, from the side of the field about 250yds away. He was on "alert" as a big fluffy buzzard had just drifted past the barn, quite low, and settled on a fence post 100 yards or so from the owl barn.

The spliced clips below also show the first night time clip - albeit out of focus as the little owl was stood no more than 2 feet from the trail camera at the time - and with this trailcam (as described before) the subject needs to be at least 6 feet away (I think) to be focused properly.

Nice to see a midnight owl clip though, out of focus (or not!)

Owl watch - 30th March 2012

 


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