Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 26, 2012

Painted Skies

3:30 am. The dawn chorus, and the painted skies of Guisborough Woods .

The songbirds; Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and woodland birds, such as the Blackcap serenade the rising sun.

Also heard were Tawny Owls, a Cuckoo, a Swallow and many, many more. Returning home about 5:00am, the Collared Doves call.

The following afternoon and a walk along Guisborough Moor by  Highcliffe Farm. First, the ever present Lapwings.

They bombard anyone who gets too close to their chicks in their nest.

On the ground their iridescent green can be seen in the sunlight.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

A Snipe crosses the sky, without ‘drumming’.

Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

And then, in the distance, a real treat. A Short Eared Owl floated over the fields, hunting in the mid afternoon sun, caught by the camera at the limit of its resolution.

Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)

It eventually got mobbed by a pair of Curlew, and flew into the woods.

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