Diary of a nature photographer
Study, monitoring, research and photography about the Nature

Little chicks grow up

This time I haven't got any pictures to show you, maybe next time and maybe I'll show you a short video. But there's news. From the buzzards' couple that I'm following from many years are born two new chicks. Unfortunately, I haven't seen the initial part of the moment, when eggs break and the chicks come out, due to coronavirus lockdown. Only two days ago I've seen the chicks in the nest using a spotting scope. It's been amazing seeing them. One of them is still white, I mean it has still the white feathers, while the other has many brown feathers, sign that it's bigger and, perhaps, older. It's quite normal that one egg hatches before the other, so that the correspondent chick grows up before. The older chick was moving on the nest, flapping sometimes his wings, while the other was pretty quiet. The adults were flying around the nesting area, maybe for hunting some prey, but they tend to stay quite close to the nest, in order to check the chicks. During the observation, I stay inside my car, so they aren't afraid. Generally, birds fly away when someone, by foot or by car, arrives, but they know my car and they know that I'm not a danger, so they aren't worried about my presence in the area, allowing me to study easily them. Next time I'm going to save a short video, always using the spotting scope, so the video quality won't be very good, but only for documentation purpose, so stay tuned.

See you soon.


When a buzzard flies


Seeing a bird flying is simply amazing. This is one thing that man can't do it, without a plane.

Seeing a bird of prey flying hasn't price. It's so elegant, powerful and majestic that I could stay many hours admiring them. Italy is a good place for raptors, because there are many different habitats where to live and grow their chicks, or simply for living, although we have many hunters that kill them, only for fun. Every time they say "it's a sport". And every time I ask myself if I can start a new sport: the manhunting!!

Anyway, it's better watching some photo of one of my favourite bird of prey: the common buzzard.

Pictures have taken in the same place where this couple live and breed their chicks, year by year.

During the waiting, I was following its movement when it started to fly in my direction. Fortunately, it came quite slow and low so I could take every single moment, but I put only the last part of the sequence.





The Sun had risen, in fact the field in the distance was illuminated, but not the perch where the buzzard was arriving, so in the whole image sequence, it was in the shadow.

Instead in the last image the Sun was coming, so illuminating its head.

Little owls

And after the coronavirus, finally, arrive the little owls.

It's been a long time since the last time I've seen and photographed them, so I'm very happy now, first of all, because they're still there, in their nest, but I didn't see them. Maybe they stayed hide or they were somewhere, I can't be sure, but knowing that they are fine I'm more quiet.

The session has started, as always, at night and the first pictures are quite dark:

but waiting patiently, the Sun arrives and it lights the little owl:

From this point the situation changes a bit, because they get more active, flying often from a perch to another, making me quite busy trying to take some pictures during their flight. In these two photos the little owl start flying from the same perch, but in one occasion had a prey:


Where finally it eats their prey:

In two occasions they scared for some grey-crows flying too close their nest, so they were really worried, and sometimes they flew away, but coming back almost soon.


So, after some hours with their company, I can perhaps say that the coronavirus is going away.  


Finally, after almost three months due to the coronavirus,  I've checked my photographic blind. Fortunately everything was fine, so I hadn't to fix anything, like the camouflage net, or some perch. But the best thing has been seeing the buzzards flying and then going in the nest. Yes, they were in the nest too, even though I don't know if there were some chicks, maybe only the eggs.

Then I finded out the red woodpecker nest!! After hearing one of them tap in a tree, I've seen it enter into a hole, signs that they are also nesting.

And for last but not least, I've seen the old little owls again, after several absence months. In the n,est there were two adults and....a Sardinian partridge!! What strange meeting. Surely the little owls were controlling the partridge to avoid something bad to their chicks.

Now I'll have to organize myself in order to follow everything: red woodpecker, buzzards and the little owls. 

Yesterday I didn't have so much time, so I stayed there only for a while and I didn't see or hear the peregrine falcon, so I can't say anything about them, but I hope to figure out soon something.

See you soon.


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