Friday, 28 May 2010

Blacktoft Sands

A recent evening trip to Blacktoft Sands offered some wonderful Barn Owl sightings as the bird flew overhead with a freshly caught rodent in its grasp, heading off in the direction of its nest box.

The bank sides were covered in the delicate branched flowering heads of Cow Parsley.
We also enjoyed sightings of Avocets on the water.

Bathed in golden sunlight, a striking male Reed Bunting sang from the top of a nearby bush, in feathery resplendence.
As the sun dipped the surrounding foliage glowed, emphasising the cobweb covered bristly seed heads of this clump of Teasels.

A view of the sunset as we made our way out of the Reserve.


  1. Stunning collection of Photo's. So envious of that Barn owl :-)

  2. A wonderful collection of pictures, Linda. the Barn Owls are outstanding. Many congratulations. I bet you were breathless when you'd finished.

  3. Cracking Barn Owl series as is the Avocet in flight.

  4. Hello Citybirding, hee hee thanks.

    Hello Warren, thanks very much, the Barn Owl is a lovely sight to see.

    Hello Emma, thank you. Yes, very much so, we always enjoy a trip to Blacktoft and this was especially enjoyable.

    Hello John, thank you. I feel lucky to have enjoyed so many Avocet sightings this year, a bird I hadn't seen until a few months ago.

    Hello Bungling Birder, thanks for stopping by.

    Apologies for the delay in responding to your kind comments, I hope you all enjoyed your Bank holiday weekends and look forward to catching up with your own postings, best wishes, Linda

  5. Nice shots of the Owl and aren't the Avocet's just beautiful!


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