Barn Owl project update

January 04, 2015  •  1 Comment

The last couple of days have been very frustrating but at the same time very enjoyable. I went for an hour on new years day but as i arrived the wind got stronger and the skies opened and it rained constantly so i left and made my way home.

Once again yesterday i got in my hide before darkness and the bird was on the perch in front of me shortly after dark, as i pressed the shutter only one flashgun fired and the bird was only lit from one side so once again I found myself returning early.

Saturday it rained all day but as i got to the site it had finally stopped but i moved the perch under a large lean-to roof just in case it decided to throw it down again and soak my flashguns, this meant the perch was a little closer than normal as I couldn't retreat any further back against the wall. After an hour the bird perched and i fired the remote, the pic on the back of the camera was very well lit and sharp as a tack but i was bitterly disappointed to see that one wing had been clipped due to the fact that both wings were outstretched when it landed and took the bait.

A return again to the site tonight and I moved the perch a little further out this time. An hour later the bird flew towards the perch and briefly touched down, a mouse that my sisters cat had bought into the house was bait on the perch. I'm afraid I pressed the shutter just a fraction to early, its extremely dark and I had not given the owl time to take the bait first…..another step in the right direction though.

 

 

 


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Ian White(non-registered)
Superb Steve, I can't wait to see more of this great project.
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