Archive for September 5th, 2010

I have at last found a wing feather about the same size as the Tawny owl feather, I believe it is from a heron. The purpose was to demonstrate in the wing feathers, the difference from a nocturnal owl whose flight is silent and a normal diurnal bird. I hope you can see the softer upper surface of the tawny which seems to have extra coverings over the barbules, which you cannot see, where on the heron you can see the barbules locked together in the herring bone type pattern. The long "ridges" you can see are…
22/8/10, yesterday 21st there was strong south wind, so I half expected the Ospreys would be gone, but the male was perched by the eyrie and a juvenile was on the eyrie, food begging. On the estuary I caught up with the female and another juvenile, so one juv missing, it could be heading south. I spotted a wing tagged male marsh harrier but could not determine the colour or whether it had two wing tags, suspect it is one of this years juvs as the male adult has no tags, and it's plumage was brand new, not a feather…
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