Thursday, 30 June 2011

Barn Owl in Window




The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl, to distinguish it from other species in the barn-owl family Tytonidae.

A Barn Owl skull, showing the rodent-killer beakIt hunts by flying low and slowly over an area of open ground, hovering over spots that conceal potential prey. They may also use fence posts or other lookouts to ambush prey. The Barn Owl feeds primarily on small vertebrates, particularly rodents. Studies have shown that an individual Barn Owl may eat one or more rodents per night; a nesting pair and their young can eat more than 1,000 rodents per year.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

AWARD WINNER

‘The Great British Countryside Photograph 2011’


This image has been awarded Regional Winner and the prize of a Olympus Digital camera will be presented by Prince Charles at Clarence House on July 6th.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Harvest Mice

The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. It is typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats, in reed beds and in other tall ground vegetation such as long grass and hedgerows.



They never enter into houses; are carried into ricks and barns with the sheaves; abound in harvest; and build their nests amidst the straws of the corn above the ground, and sometimes in thistles. They breed as many as eight at a litter, in a little round nest composed of the blades or grass or wheat. One of these nests I procured this autumn, most artificially platted, and composed of the blades of wheat; perfectly round, and about the size of a cricket-ball. It was so compact and well-filled, that it would roll across the table without being discomposed, though it contained eight little mice that were naked and blind.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

PENSTHORPE

A good days photography with David Blake at Pensthorpe on workshop run by Mike Powels.


Little Owls
(Athene noctua)


This small owl was introduced to the UK in the 19th century. It can be seen in the daylight, usually perching on a tree branch, telegraph pole or rock. It will bob its head up and down when alarmed. In flight it has long, rounded wings, rapid wingbeats and flies with a slight undulation.

Found in England and Wales with a few in southern Scotland. It likes lowland farmland with hedges and copses, parkland and orchards. Most common in central, southern and south eastern England, and the Welsh borders.


The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. It is typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats, in reed beds and in other tall ground vegetation such as long grass and hedgerows. It has reddish-brown fur with white underparts and a naked, highly prehensile tail which it uses for climbing. It is the smallest European rodent: an adult may weigh as little as 4 grams (0.14 oz). It eats chiefly seeds and insects but also nectar and fruit. Breeding nests are spherical constructions carefully woven from grass and attached to stems well above the ground.


Elephant Hawk Moth
(Deilephila elpenor)
The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, In most of their range, the adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September, when they pupate.


Large and Small Elephant Hawk Moth.

Friday, 17 June 2011

RED KITES (Milvus milvus)

The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers.




The Red Kite's diet consists mainly of small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, young hares and rabbits. It also feeds on a wide variety of carrion including sheep carcasses and dead game birds. Live birds are also taken and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Earthworms also form an important part of the diet, especially in the spring.
As scavengers, red kites are particularly sensitive to poisoning. Illegal poison baits set for foxes or crows are indiscriminate and kill protected birds and other animals.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Riverside Peace

A couple of hours relaxing by the river near Blickling, Norfolk with only the Swans and their seven signets to disturb the peace.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

WOODCOTE STEAM RALLY

I will be back down to the Henley area for the Woodcote Steam Rally on the weekend of July 9th and 10th, my work will be displayed in the Gazebo and i hope to meet Old Customers and Friends as happened at the recent Stoke Row event.
Do pop in and say hello


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

DEREHAM POPPIES.

This lovely poppy field is less than 200 yards from my house in Dereham,Norfolk.


Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead. Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Wells Next The Sea.

Beach Huts on Wells Beach, Norfolk.



WAYLAND & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB

Living in Norfolk and want to further your photographic knowledge then come along to Norfolks Premier Camera Club. The WDPC caters for all levels and offers a friendly welcome to all.
Check out http://wdpcnorfolk.blogspot.com

Back Home

Back home in Norfolk after spending 4 days at the Stoke Row Steam Rally meeting many friends old and new. A great site seeing the ever present Red Kites soaring overhead something i would see daily when i lived in the Chilterns.
I will be returning again for The Woodcote Steam Rally on July 9th & 10th.



Home for the weekend.