Thursday, 16 February 2017

River Axe Estuary

Date: 16/02/2017
Location: River Axe Estuary 
Weather: A little Blue, Mostly Cloudy
Other Species: 
Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Lapwing, Curlew, Short Eared Owl, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Kestrel.

Headed coastal for some Owl action, high tide was at 11am so checked out Black Rocks first and there was a lot a distant action with large numbers of waders 500+ Redshank, 500+ Lapwing, 1000 +, Dunlin, Curlews and Shelduck's all feeding on the receding tide. 

The Dunlin even put on a bit of murmaration!

Lapwings also up but couldn't see what spooked them?

Black Rock with Cardiff and Millennium Stadium behind, I think :)

The main event loomed closer and headed for my viewing point. Soon after I was in place more people arrived then more and more counted 22 in the end scattered all over fields with 2 drones at one point too!

Not looking promising. But Owls did appear after a hour or so wait.

With people everywhere they didn't have a lot of room to hunt.

I saw 2 SEO but others said 3.

Managed a few shots, but owls were usually high.

Best shots of the day was when it flew over the small group I was stood with heads.

You gotta love them, maybe half term not so good, I'll try again soon.

After around hour and half owls went further away and made a distant return around 4:45 losing the light I called it a day. 

But as Arnie said "I'll Be Back!"

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