Hi all, nothing much to report from the last couple of days in terms of owl sightings and photography as I have been busy owl 'n' about selecting a few suitable sites in readiness for a visit by Andy Rouse. Andy is a world renowned wildlife photographer who recently contacted me asking if any of my little owl sites would be suitable for a project he has in mind based on these fantastic birds.
Andy has briefed me on specific requirements that the selected site requires, so in order to save some of his time I thought I would narrow down any potentials to try and make his final selection a little easier. So off I went in the landrover visiting site after site and it was a little concerning how many sites I was writing off along the way as just not being quite suitable! However, I am pretty confident that Andy will be pleased with my final selection that (fingers crossed) do meet the required specifications?
In order to make some of the sites fit the bill a little pruning/removal of awkward or obstructive twigs was required, this task was made much easier thanks to me being able to clamber on top of the landrover.
Another major issue I had, which actually turned out not to be an issue at all was gaining permission to access the private land that some of the nest sites were on. After some fact finding and assistance of some very amenable local residents I finally met with the right people who were very obliging and permission was granted in all cases. Although I don't want to name names or mention exact locations may I just say a big thank you to all those very kind and hospitable people.
Please take a look at Andy's website and blog (click here Andy Rouse) I'm sure you will be as impressed as I was!