Sunday, 10 November 2013

Long-eared Owl

LEO's vigilant eye
Been briefly to Bosco San Marco (Aquileia) with a friend this afternoon. Two of the local LONG-EARED OWLS were roosting on the pine trees. Although they were hidden by thick pine needles, we got good views of them as they stared down at us (above pic is a phone-scoping attempt).
The area also held a few other birds of note which included a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Peregrine hunting above the lagoon and mixed lagoon specialties like Grey Plover, Dunlin, Wigeon, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes ect. Also quite a lot of Goldcrests in the pines.
A brief stop at the Timavo's estuary near Lisert produced a female Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, Dunlin (+10 roosting on the buoys), +10 Curlews and others. A Firecrest was calling from the small woodland by the brackish marsh.
A few days ago, while on the Karst I also had a close encounter with a male Black Woodpecker which gave brilliant close views.