Sunday, 28 July 2013

Wildlife at Pry House Farm

This pink & white ball is a nest of newly hatched Barn Owlets.  Chris came upon them purely by accident.  It was an exciting find.


A few weeks later we visited them again.  Their heart-shaped faces are captivating and almost hypnotic.  We decided it would be wise not to disturb them again and since then they have left the nesting sight.  It was an exciting discovery and a privilege to see them at such close quarters.
We have had several pairs of Oyster Catchers breeding in the pastures by the river.  They are a solid, stocky bird and their bright orange beaks make them easy to spot. I love to see them flying low over the pastures and watch them 'tip their wings' like Spitfire pilots to display a flash of pure, solid white. 

Six young ducks on the river below Pry House.

I almost trod on these gorgeous little chicks when walking by the river!  At first I thought they were Curlew chicks because of their long beaks but now I think they are Snipe.  Such beautiful markings.

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