Monday, 30 November 2015

Owls recently photographed locally in East Yorkshire

  Little Owls
 I seem to be finding more and more of these. I had never seen one up to 3 years ago.

Shot Eared Owls - photographed last week in Holderness

 Distant view of a confrontation with a Barn Owl


Sunday, 29 November 2015

A walk in Bolton Abbey Woods

Last Sunday we took advantage of a break in Ilkley to walk along the River Wharfe in Bolton Abbey Woods which is an excellent place for birdwatching and for walking.

In winter Mandarin Ducks congregate in quite large numbers along this stretch. I've seen up to eighty.

There's always a Robin around.

Coal Tit

Dippers - a treat to watch and one of my favourite birds


Female Goosanders

Saturday, 28 November 2015

A few mammal photos from the last few months

Roe Deer

 Red Deer Stag

Mink - not a welcome sight

 Otters on the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey
I stood and watched these four for 30 minutes in broad daylight without frightening them.


A few garden birds

Coal Tits having a bath - something I'd not seen before

Goldfinch - there seem to be a lot this year - up to 30 at a time in the garden


 Brambling - a rare visitor to my garden

 Sparrowhawk - a frequent visitor at the moment

 Red Legged Partridge - an unlikely garden bird - photographed on the house and garage roofs

A few from Spurn and Kilnsea Wetlands

 Avocets and chicks

Little Egrets


Barn Owl

Chiff Chaff

Black Redstart