Posted by: mynaturaldiary | November 11, 2018

Soup & Starlings 2018#2 (and LEO)

The Long Eared Owls (LEO) have returned to the  RSPB reserve at Saltholme . They roost in woods, and are masters of camouflage for their environment.

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)

We know where to look for them from long experience, but it is their occasional movement which betrays their presence.

They will go hunting at night-time.

On the ground

and in the air, Canada Geese were seen.

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Their skeins make their way across the skies as the light falls before dusk. The geese land on the grasslands for the night.

But the main evening show is a display of a Starling murmuration, pursued by a Marsh Harrier, which appears briefly at the end of the following sequence of video. The Starlings swoop and dive for the safety of the reed beds in front of the Wildlife Watchpoint hide.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  and   Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)


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