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

Proud as a buzzard


As you know I'm following this couple of buzzards from some years, but I've never tried a near photo with a wideangle lens, so I've done some try but without any result. The problem perhaps is related at the camera really too close to the usual perch, so the buzzard seeing this new element, that there's not, didn't go on the perch or it was very diffident. So I decided to put some little wood's pieces, with some dry leafs, to simulate a small tripod and to see how the couple behaiviour. Today, when I went to seeing, coming Always at night in order to don't see me from them, I noticed  with pleasure that they landed on the perch near the false tripod. This is a good news because now I'll be able to try this wideangle shoot.

During the photographic session, I noticed that the couple buzzards doesn't argue when they eat something: one of them stay quite far from the other, sometime it shouts or it comes nearer, but without arguing, and it's quite strange because on the Net I've seen lots of pictures with buzzards arguing for a prey. Another interesting fact was the "third buzzard". When I was watching the two buzzard I had heard the "voice" of a third buzzard, but I couldn't see it, so I thought it was far or it was only passing above me. Instead then I've heard the verse of the buzzard really near and I thought that one of the two buzzard was landed near my blind, instead it was an eurasian jay!! Yes, with a great surprise I've discovered that this bird can make very different verses, like baby plays, or like other birds as the common Kingfisher and, of course, the buzard's verse. Now I know that when in the past I heard the voice of a third buzzard, probably, was an eurasian jay that jokes me.


How many things mother Nature teach us. 

Simply owls - part 4


And this year a new season begins to observe and photograph owls, and I can't wait!! 

How always I weak up very early to be in the place when is already night. I put everything: tripod, camera, light and finally I can seat and wait the owls arrive. In the distance I ear some noise and the sing of some stone curlew, someone very near of me, but in the dark it's impossible to see them. I'd like to see them and take some photos, but I thinks that I'll work a lot for succed, even because I don't know where they are exactly. Maybe using a hunt camera... 

The weather is bad: rain, wind and low temperatures, but there isn't problem, also when start to rain... and what a rain!!! Then it stops raining and the owls arrive. They are two, the couple that I follow for sometimes, I think about two years, and also this year they're ready for nesting, infact it seems that they're going to use the same group of stone as a nest.

This time I want to try a different method to photograph them, using a led light when the Sun hasn't yet risen . Aftern some attempt I found the right amount of illumination and I can take this photo with a lot of luck:

Infact the shoot time was 1.6 seconds and the owls was firm enoght to take the photo.
Subsequently start to rain again and the Owl lock for a place sheltered from the rain, but without luck, it moves over some stone and wait, wait under the rain and the wind:

Until when arrive a crow that scared the Owl that escape. 

Mistras's pond and Sinis's peninsula

The Sinis's peninsula is a big area in the middle-west of Sardinia, rich of cultivated lands and rich of water: pond, rivers, streams and, of course, the sea.

Indeed Mistras's pond is really near the sea and it mades , with some others ponds, a big ecosystem with a wide variety of animals, mostly birds. It's possible to find many different species of birds in Cabras's pond, like seagulls, ducks, flamingos, hawks, cormorants, but also owls and barn owls during the night. Surely the king of the pond is the osprey, known as with its scientific name of Pandion haliaetus, a big hawk belonging to pandionidae family, that descends from the accipitriformes order, the same order of the Golden Eagle, for example. The osprey of Mistrass  isn't native of here, but they come from the nord Europe, probably from Germany, and every year they come in Sardinia to pass the winter, then in summer they get back to their lands in order to reproduce theirself.

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Haliaeetus albicilla

Haliaeetus albicilla
Haliaeetus albicilla
A couple of white-tailed sea eagles. Lofoten, Norway. July 2018