Boxes and Stags

30th September 2007
Finally my good mate Phil and I managed to get some Barn Owl boxes put up this month. Phil had spoken to a local farmer some time ago about putting some boxes up on his land, thankfully the farmer was more than happy to help and told us we could put as many up as we liked.

Choosing sites though is not always easy, the Owl's need plenty of rough grass in which to hunt the Voles and good strong trees for the nest boxes.
Luckly for us this farm has some lovely set aside land plus several fields used to produce hay, which is ideal hunting ground for the Barn Owl's.
The fields also have some good old English Oak trees in them, which turned out to be in the perfect position for the nest boxes.

This is the first box positioned between the hay fields.

I'm not sure what Phil was thinking of in this picture, looks like a kid with his hand in a lucky dip box.

The second box went up near the set aside land.

A close up shot of the nest box.

I also had a quick trip down to my feeding station the other day, for two reasons really. One to get rid of the Squirrels, and two, try and capture some birds in flight.

I was very successful in capturing the Squirrels and moving them several miles away from my site, but not so successful with the birds in flight.

The last time this little chap will sit on that post, I caught him with a humane trap loaded with peanuts then moved him to his new home far far away from my feeders.

The only two sharp images of Blue Tits in flight that I managed to capture, more work needed on this me thinks.

Moving away from birds, I had a stroll around my local Deer park this morning ( 30th sept ) first light is always the best time as the Deer are very active in the mornings plus you can get some great light at this time of day.

I was accompanied by my friend Mark who has just started an interest in photography, we were hoping for an action packed morning being this is the start of the Red Deer rut. Unfortunately the deer moved further into the centre of the park on our arrival which has limited access for the public at that time of the morning, we still captured a few images though, so all was not lost.

One of the many big Stags looking for the ladies.

Exercising the voal cords

The reason first light is always the best time to photograph Stags is the amount of breathe you can capture coming out of their mouths on the cold mornings.

Close up of a Stag calling.