Sunday, 28 June 2015

Immature Owls & Raptors

On Saturday morning my nephew and I led a walk down from Robert Fuller's Thixendale gallery into the valley below.  We saw one youngster from this year's brood of Tawny Owls, plus the female.  Continuing on our way we saw a brightly-coloured male Linnet singing beautifully.  Further down the hill we managed to catch sight of 2 immature Kestrel chicks before they saw us and disappeared from view.  Not far away Ben spotted a male Redstart perched in the open.  Later, we saw his mate and at least 2 well-grown chicks.
Immature Tawny Owl
 Immature Tawny Owl (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Female Tawny Owl

Immature Kestrel
 Male Redstart (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
 Wild Horses - especially the one far right
 View near Thixendale (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
In the afternoon a different group drove to nearby Wharram Percy. We saw a different male Redstart, but the remainder of the sightings, and certainly the best photographs were of butterflies and Wild flowers.
Common Blue
 Small Heath
Bee Orchids (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
 Clustered Bellflower (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
 Pyramidal Orchid
 Common Spotted Orchid (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
 Purple Haze caused by Quaking Grass (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
 Looking Down from Wharram Percy car park (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth

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