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Owl Photography

Photographing Owls (Owling)
My experiences photographing Owls in Hampshire

Tawny Owl(Strix aluco)juvenile
Canon 1D III and Canon 400mm f/5.6

A few years ago now in the early 2000’s I was driving home late one evening when a Barn Owl flew across the road in front of me on the outskirts of a rural village near my home in NE Hampshire. This was one of the first I had seen locally and so a few nights later I visited likely looking habitat nearby at dusk and to my pleasure found a bird hunting for voles in an overgrown field.

This was to be the start of a fascination with finding and photographing Owls locally and elsewhere in my home county of Hampshire. At this time many of the fields in the area had remained unploughed for some time and voles must have been plentiful in these areas. These…

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Dartford Warblers on our local Heathlands

The Dartford Warbler breeds in pockets of suitable habitat in the southern half of England and Wales and is susceptible to population crashes during hard winters. Due to the sizable amount of habitat in the New Forest and the Thames basin heaths, Hampshire has plenty of habitat and a healthy but fluctuating population. Local heathlands like Broxhead Common and Woolmer Forests suit it well. They can be hard to find and are at their easiest to see when they perch up and sing during breeding time.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

Crest population on Fire

I saw or heard nine singing Firecrest in the Deadwater Valley Trust Bordon Inclosure during a survey of a small area there first thing this morning. Most birds were associated with Ivy covered trees or Holly. They are tiny, the smallest british bird along with the Goldcrest and were formally a scarce bird in the UK. They first bred in the New Forest in 1962 and have steadily increased in numbers over the following decades. The Bordon area clearly suites them well and their song can be heard in suitable areas from late February to early March.


Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

Blue Tit nest prospecting behaviour

Here is a short clip of some typical nest prospecting behaviour from the birdbox. This is happening on a daily basis perhaps 4-5 times a day. I hope that the birds will choose to nest and rear their young here again this year, fingers crossed.

Green Feathers Complete DIY Timber Bird Nest Box with Wireless SD 700TVL Video Camera Kit, Includes Power Extension Cable and RCA to HDMI Adapter

Early spring birding

A Lovely morning in the Deadwater Valley Trust Bordon Inclosure yesterday morning with a definite feel of spring in the air, I was almost never out of earshot of a drumming woodpecker or a singing treecreeper. I also saw two Roe Deer a Red Kite, 2 Sparrow Hawk, Bullfinch, 20 Redwing and 25 Siskins among the more common woodland birds. I managed a couple of nice Treecreeper pictures as well as these pictures of Marsh Tit. By far the rarer of the five Tit species, the others are mostly easy to see in the area. Marsh Tit probably only breed here in small numbers perhaps 2-4 pairs so is was nice to see this bird so well, down by the river where the inclosure meets Alexandra Park.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera – Black