Friday, November 30, 2012

Flying Falcon.....Relaxed Owl!

Just a quick update to add a couple of photos taken in the last week! The Brown Falcon was originally perched up high in a dead tree.. took a few shots that haven't turned out so well! but the take off flight shots came out not too bad!
The Barn Owl shot is of one of the first birds to arrive around Freeling this season! Love it when they hold their foot up like this! Looks cool! Wouldn't want to be grabbed by those talons though!
Brown Falcon - Pengilly Scrub, South Australia
Barn Owl - Freeling, South Australia

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Froggie" a wonderful subject!

In the last couple of weeks I have been getting out with the spotlight a bit looking for our local creatures of the night! So far I have mainly been targeting Barn Owls on a couple of mates farms out on the Adelaide Plains... this time I thought I would stay local and target the resident Tawny Frogmouths and if I was lucky a Boobook Owl or two! Didn't find any Boobooks but did come across a couple of Tawnies... including this ripper below! Beautiful Birds Tawny Frogmouths... with some amazing plumage!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Owling fun

Had a great night out spotlighting last Friday night! Went up to a mates farm about 20min away near Owen in SA's lower north, hooked up the light and took off in search of creatures of the night!
The first Barn Owl was found after only driving about 200m from the shed! Looked like luck was going to be on our side this night! Little did I know that the highlight wouldn't be the 6 Barn Owls we came across and photographed but a very confiding Little Button-quail which we came across in a paddock which had been cut for hay. This meant ankle deep stubble which works well for keeping a eye on these little guys and made it possible for me to get a few images of a species I haven't been able to photograph before!
The Owls were great but the Quail made it even better! Top night out! 
Eastern Barn Owl
Little Button-quail
Must also thank my mate Michael for driving me around and holding the spotlight while I took way too many images!! Thanks Mike!