30 November 2013

Hole #4


A Ural Owl at Onuma this afternoon, the 4th different Owl hole since I started birding in Onuma. Shane it was obscured by twigs but I didn't want to walk any closer...............




The usual common birds were around in the snow.................








Yesterday in a park in the east of town there were flocks of Redpoll, Crossbill and Brambling. Winter, finally, is about to start.

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14 comments:

  1. With or without the twigs, Ural Owl is a great bird !

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    1. This Owl has now been christened 'twiggy'.

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  2. I'd be happy to see one, let alone photograph it!

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    1. Owls are great but I don't see many. This is pretty much the only owl species I ever get to see.

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    2. Couldn't you take a weekend trip to see the Fish Owl - it's on your island after all!????

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    3. Hi, yes I have been up there before to see it but it is still quite a long way away (too far for a weekend anyway, we don't have Australian concepts of near and far in cramped Japan!).

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  3. I think I'd be going back with a pair of secateurs. Still a good shot Stuart.
    You're right about the Curlew Sand, latest I've ever seen one and while the weather has been mild and there's lots of food in the stubble, I don't expect the bird to stay much longer.

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    1. I have a feeling someone might do a bit of gardening..................not me though!

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  4. Cute photo of the Ural Owl..... and I kinda miss those usual common birds too!

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    1. Hi Ayuwat, yes even on slow days like these it's nice to have them to photograph..........

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  5. Some lovely birds in the snow. I like the twigs framing the Ural Owl. It's a great portrait. We had snow on Friday morning but then the rain washed it away.

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    1. It rained here today too actually, winter is a bit late again.

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  6. I like the branches personally. It is so refreshing to see a different Owl as the net is saturated with SE and Barn pics here.
    Always like to see the Varied Tit - it is one smart little bird.

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    1. Hey I'd love a SE Owl pic (scarce here) and I've only ever seen one Barn Owl. Ever.

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