During the last two months, I have been following the adventure of 7 lapwing nest. Out of the 7 nesting lapwing only one did reach the end of incubation. Only three chicks survived after the first day and only two after a week. It is incredible how many lapwing nests get predated. Almost all of them except one! Life is not easy for the lapwing. Most of the nests were predated by crow and magpie….
Sometimes you have really successful days…Yesterday was one of those. It was a fox day!
For the first time in a year, I went to my hare paradise. I saw very few hares. I think that all the rain we had last year’s killed a lot of them. I did not see any of my old friends…I am really sad about this. They were no hares but they was a fox and what a fox. I stayed with that vixen for more than half an hours. At the moment the meadow is a dandelion sea . It was incredible. I took the pictures with the 500mm and the 2 time converter. (I like that new 2 time converter).
In the evening, I went to another fox den to see if they were any cubs.
While waiting to see if they was any fox cub. I did photograph other species….A gang of rabbit
In that meadow, sheep were everywhere…
And suddenly at long last four fox cub came out of a den…I “just” need to photograph them now. it will not be easy
He is back! This is an incredible story….”My” cuckoo is back from Africa. This afternoon He was perched in the same tree as last year. It is a miracle of nature! Now, I will have to take another 10.000 shots of that extrodinnary bird. Here is the first one taken this afternoon…. The bird was 7 meters away…. What a bird!
This afternoon I went to my local patch. I was looking for badger activity when suddenly I came across three Tawny owl chicks. They were on the ground. I pick them up one by one and place them in a tree. (They are dog walkers in that place) Now, Did I have my camera with me? What do you think? No I did not!! I was cursing big style! I just had one thing to do. Drive back home to get my camera! It took me an hour to go back home to get the camera. When I came back, one of the three tawny owl chick had disappear. One was perched in a different tree and the other one was on a branch.
I took several pictures and left the owl. I am sure that the female Tawny owl was looking at me all the time.
Tomorrow I will go and another look .
I have been to my “hare paradise” several times in the last 5 days. Here are a few pictures of those hares. I know, I have taken zillion pictures of hares…but they are so charismatic….I never get tired of taken picture of that mammal. And NEVER forget, you can always do better….
This shot is showing a male just about to bite the jacksy of another male!
If I am lucky, I can come accross a Chinese water deer. This picture was taken at sunset…