Saturday, 27 June 2009
Looking for LEO and the Aliens.
This week has been very warm at times and during the daytime I have spent time in the garden trying to tidy up " the jungle ". On two of the evenings I met up with friend Paul as we renewed our quest to photograph long eared owls on the Lancashire Pennine moorland high up in the Forest of Rossendale. It has proved to be very frustrating at times with poor visibility, hordes of midges and disturbance from dog walkers etc. We persevered however and Paul had some success when I wasn't with him in getting good close up views of the long eared owl and managed a shot in the failing light. So far I haven't had a close encounter but have seen the owl on all of my visits. For the time being I will have to be content with distant views and one or two grainy flight shots. It has however been a wonderful experience to see these magnificent owls hunting over the high moorland and I can't wait to return soon and look forward to those magic moments when I will be face to face with a Long Eared Owl. The images show Paul in action with the big lens, a windfarm high up on the moors, what looks like an alien space ship coming down through the clouds, one of my grainy flight shots and Paul's close up of the long eared owl.