Rainham shorties

This is the last post from my trip to Rainham Marshes, and as I promised in the last one, here are a selection of the best short eared owl shots from that day. The shorties are winter visitors to the UK from Scandinavia so the east coast is a good place to look for them, and it was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, as numerous owls were flying past at very close range, making it pretty easy to get some good pictures as they quartered the reedbeds and the beach:

These are my favourite images from that trip to the marshes of estuary Essex and it was a tremendous way to spend a day, all rounded off with the best display of owls owls I’ve ever seen. Hope you like them too! And as this is my first post of 2017, a belated happy new year to you all too

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13 responses to “Rainham shorties

  1. Chris Boswell

    Great photos Finn

  2. Great images Finn and I love the lighting.

    • Thanks Theresa, the light was really special that afternoon – it went from dull and grey to that lovely winter late afternoon light that happens as the sun gets lower in the sky. And then the owls performed…

  3. Super photos! I have not seen short eared owls for 40 years or so, after seeing 5 in a field at once. Beautiful birds that you capture so well.

  4. The variety is wonderful… we only seem to have one type here called a morepork from the sound of its cry…
    But in my new forest home I can watch them most nights, especially if we have outside lights, as they dive for the fluttering moths…
    A happy new year to you, Finn

    • Hello Valerie, lovely to hear from you again. Your morepork sounds a bit like our little owl, which is actually a European import, and it’s a small one which hunts larger insects like moths and dragonflies.

      A very happy new year to you too.

  5. I love the golden light that accompanies them.

    • Hello Meanderer, the light was really special that day. It started off grey and cold but then cleared and the sun was out until dusk. These pictures were taken later on in the afternoon when the sun was low in the sky, the late ‘golden hour’.

  6. …..and a belated Happy New Year to you Finn.
    I did enjoy your owl images very much as I never get to see them in the wild here, only a couple of Tawny Frogmouths (which aren’t owls at all of course).

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