Monday, 2 July 2018

Grass Snake


A couple of weeks a go we were able to get a rare hold of our grass snake, so I took a couple of photos. A few here to share with you.

For those not too keen on snakes, don't worry, I have some lovely photos of our owlets growing up which I will share soon.















I love colour, and it's amazing to look at animal colour closely. I have seen it a lot in many species, but look at the "green" scales of the grass snake above... greens, blues, yellows, browns... a real mix of colour in there.

Thanks for looking :-)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Owlets


Lot's of owlets this year for us at the Centre. Just a few pics for you here. Above are two tawny owls on the right, and a little owl on the left.



Our long eared owls have been very successful for a number of years. Three more chicks so far this year in their first clutch, including this one above who had a quick photo shoot before heading off to Nescot College.



Our tawny owls bred for the first time this year, but unfortunately it was soon apparent that the mother wasn't sure what she was doing. We had to take them a lot earlier than we normally would to hand rear them, but they are now looking really good.



Another successful year for our little owls too. We have bred them a few times before, but this is the first time in back to back years they have hatched out a clutch of chicks. 4 this time, two of which will stay at the Centre.



Our owlets are being reared by the keepers, who get to take them home at night to make sure they have company and stay friendly. 



And one little chick that didn't hatch out here, but was donated to us to rear for our flying team. A Barn owl being hand reared by keeper Tom.

Thanks for looking :-)

Friday, 25 May 2018

Adders


While photographing the adders dancing, I managed to take a few pictures of them on their own too. Above is my favourite, and one I have been after for a long time. You have to be very lucky, right place right time, and this year I was. 

While dancing, one of the adders stopped and went under the tile shelter. He came out the other end, and was moving his mouth in a way that I though he would open it up wide. They often do this after eating, to realign their jaw, so maybe during the tussle with another male he knocked it slightly and wasn't comfortable. 

I ha put my camera down at this point, and was talking to my brother watching on the outside, but saw the above out the corner of my eye. Luckily, I was in there with them and laying down. Lucky I had my macro lens on as I was quite close. Lucky he faced me at a nice angle while he "yawned" Very lucky that on this photo nothing was in the way... I have several others in the sequence, but each one has a blade of grass in front of his head!



A few others I quite liked, above and below of one of our males... actually I think that is one each of both our males. Then further down the darker female curled up in the logs. 






Side on female.



Facing the camera.



And again, but wit a male writhing over her. Shows nicely the contrast difference between the males and females.

Thanks for looking :-)