So, my first post!
An afternoon spent at Beeding Brooks looking for the four Tundra Bean Geese proved successful and rather eventful. Having logged only a few Reed Buntings and Goldfinches from a walk across the brooks to the Adur, we decided to walk along the river a way. This proved successful when we spotted the Bean Geese flying upriver and then across the brooks, and also the first of four Short-eared Owls seen, which was being mobbed by a female Kestrel; eventually having its prey snatched. We then flushed this fine looking Sparrowhawk which had a Starling in its clutches, and it very obligingly sat on the opposite bank and posed for me.
|Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) with prey (Starling)|
Then, not long after I took this photo, another female Kestrel (possibly the same one) came and after a brief scuffle, stole this birds prey too. Unfortunately the Starling proved a little too large, and was dropped soon after the Kestrel flew off.
Our walk back along the river produced another three Short-eared Owls, as well as a pair of Peregrines in the same binocular view, quite a sight. As the light was fading and the cormorants were coming in to roost on the pylons, a flock of at least 40 Redwing and Fieldfare settled in a tree nearby, and this owl posed nicely, but only for a record shot.
|Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)|
We also logged two Grey Herons and two Little Egrets on the brooks. Then from Smugglers Lane we got another view of the Bean Geese with some Greylags and Canadas. A very pleasant afternoon birding.