Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Three S's, Stoat, Shrike & Sky Lark

What a great week-end, yes I have to confess the t.v. coverage of the Diamond Jubilee was good and it was a really special event but wildlife wise I had a good time too.
I have always wanted to photograph a Stoat, I once thought I had found a Stoat's residence (don't know the proper name) but a) I didn't follow this up enough and b) never saw a Stoat there again! I have seen a dash across a road or track a few times and the give away black tail tip but alas no photos. My luck finally changed on Saturday afternoon when on my travels I saw a Stoat dart across a lane. Swiftly pulling up I sat for a few moments and I could just see a little face on the top of a dry stone wall, yes a youngster. I sat and waited a few moments and yes the adult came back. What a beautie and it got interested in that lens sticking out a black car, looking and getting closer. The shots are hand held but what a treat. 
On Monday we went across to Flamborough for the reported Red Backed Shrike lovely bird, mostly low down on bushes or barbed wire strands. This is a stonking male bird, always distant and awkward for photography in my two hours there.
Skylarks were in the gorse field that contained the shrike, I tried some flight shots as it hovered above and quite close. This is where I am seeing the benefit of my 7D. You will see many better shots but now with the auto focus options and speed of shooting I am getting shots!
I hoped to type this next to the appropriate shots but Blogger is difficult to control at times!


14 comments:

Roy said...

Really super shots Mike.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Cheers Roy

Matt Latham said...

Brilliant stuff mike

John said...

Nice to get the shots of the stoat Mike and the Shrike, indeed a `stonking` bird!
J
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Christian said...

I love the stoat Mike - they look so cuddly don't they? Unless you're a rabbit of course!

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Matt, that's my fourth species of Shrike John, I am slowly progressing.
Indeed Christian they look lovely but true killers.

Linda Yarrow said...

Lovely shots of the Stoat Mike:-)

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Many thanks Linda

Marc Heath said...

Lovely set of shots.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks very nuch Marc

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