Spending so much time out in the field touring and guiding can lead to the occasional bout of apathy, so I have to remind myself to just get out there. I tend look for somewhere new and just go and explore and see what happens. Having not seen much and feeling happy to have reconnected with the good stuff going on; Wheatears feeding young, ugly Oystercatcher chicks – that kind of thing…
I could not believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful Long Eared Owl sat under the canopy next to the road. I slowed down. Engine off. Lights Off. Window down. And he sat and watched!
I was shooting handheld at 1/15s but managed to get a couple of decent ones.
I tried to reverse the car to move the leaves covering his face but the engine spooked him and he flew off. I will be back in the coming weeks and was just pleased to have got back into the swing of things with a bang.
Still feels like my lucky day