Little Owl

Capturing the behaviour of birds and animals with a single frame has always ...

 
Elusive Bird

Setting off at 6.30 am it took what should have been an hour and turned out t...

 
Hare today gone tomorrow

As there is always something going on at this time of year I always fret about what animal or bird to 'go after' afraid that I will miss ...

 
WHAT'S GOING ON?

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything in my Blog. Time just runs away and at this time of year the day starts very early. I h...

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Little Owl
Written by Helen Webb   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:12

Capturing the behaviour of birds and animals with a single frame has always been a difficult thing for me. Little Owls are quite obliging with their funny antics and their silly walks. They even appear in good light (when we have some in this country) and are common enough to readily find in the farmyards and surrounding areas. Why then do I have such difficulty in creating a photo to show this? Perhaps this is their ultimate comedy trick "let's all be really comical and then, when she's ready to press the button, we'll all stand as still as stone just to get up her nose" - well they might find that funny but I don't. Give me a break guys, all I want is one (maybe 2) shots and then I could leave you alone.

 

 
Elusive Bird
Written by Helen Webb   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:26

Setting off at 6.30 am it took what should have been an hour and turned out to be three to get to my destination. What is it with us photographers - we don't mind

spending endless hours waiting for the shot but can't stand that misspent time in a traffic jam. I waited and waited for a couple of hours and eventually this male

came to the post. He took off within 3-4 seconds and I was left hanging. Patience is not something I am blessed with usually but in this instance I had wanted a day

off from my usual busy schedule and sat there whiling away the hours. At 7.30 that night I decided he wasn't coming back and packed up. The weather was a dream

with intermittent showers and some lovely lighting but it would have been nice for the boy to come back. He's more than likely laughing at me now. I'll get you

kestrel. Just you wait and see. Anyway this is the shot that I got - one of 6 taken all day.

 
Hare today gone tomorrow
Written by Helen Webb   
Sunday, 11 May 2014 01:09

As there is always something going on at this time of year I always fret about what animal or bird to 'go after' afraid that I will miss something happening elsewhere. It was no exception this morning when I thought that it would be a quick trip to see how the Great Crested Grebes were getting along after the nest collapsed in the flash flood. A phone call from Harry made me change direction and seek firstly Harry hiding in the undergrowth about a mile away from the house and then the hares that he had seen in the local wheat field. I parked the car on a roadside verge and then had to move it when I realised it was the entrance to the local clay shoot - if I had been vigilant i would have heard all of the guns going off. I then parked by the side of the road but was too close to the bend and, just as I was getting annoyed I decided that the best thing to do was actually park in a layby and walk - yes walk - to the wheat field. I love walking but will do anything to get as close as I can to where I'm about to shoot as my camera kit is so heavy - well it's either that or the amount of food I keep in the rucksack. Eventually I spy Harry and see that he has already taken some great shots. I prepare my camera and chat away. There have been about 5 hares galloping around in the field just in front, playing, chasing and boxing - great, I thought. We waited and waited and then in the far distance Harry said he could see one. The speck in the distance was indeed a hare running away from us. If I had thought to take my binoculars I would have seen it. I waited some more and another speck of brown appeared at the far end of the field. Patience, I thought, patience Helen. I had a cigarette and waited. It rained. It rained some more and added water to my already soaking foot which had dropped into the small brook edging the field. We did get a shot at a hare which was quite close but I had this inbuilt photographers feeling that the front end of the creature was always more preferable to the arse end and guess which end was presented to me? Cold, wet and miserable I decided to leave Harry there and go home for a cuppa. I know that as soon as I leave the rain will stop and that light which is a photographers dream will come just as the hares play and box 20 feet in front of Harry's camera - facing forward. Such is life. Any way here's one I made earlier.

 

 

 
WHAT'S GOING ON?
Written by Helen Webb   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 22:39

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything in my Blog. Time just runs away and at this time of year the day starts very early. I have been frantically looking for Barn Owls most mornings to no avail. Last year I had great sightings but the weather during the winter has depleted the vole population and the beautiful Barn Owls have suffered badly. Harry Butler, now aged 15, and I have been out with the Great Crested Grebes again this year. Every year they are hit by disaster although last year they did manage to raise 2 chicks. This year there were 4 eggs sitting on top of what seemed like a sturdy nest but the flash floods crept up and up very quickly and the Grebes frantically scurried to find sticks to build it higher to keep the eggs from 'drowning'. Two of the eggs disappeared and the remaining 2 were jostled and poked until they got above the water level to safety. Only time will tell if the parents have saved them in time - any more rain and I think their chance will be lost. The frosts are coming this weekend so it's not looking good. I see some of the Grebes in various parts of the country have already had their chicks. I hope this early nesting and raising of the broods will pay off for them.

 

 
BLOXHAM v OSWESTRY
Written by Helen Webb   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 15:26

 

BLOXHAM V OSWESTRY december 7th 2013

Another round of applause for the brilliant Bloxham boys. More photos in GALLERY. All photos available for sale via e mail:

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