Journeys to work…

Since my trip to Spain I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t once been out looking out for reptiles, but I will do within the next few weeks. However, my drives to and from work have become rather exciting as the summer has arrived. During my journey by car I regularly see three species of owl; short eared owl (Asio flammeus), Long-eared owl (Asio otus) and Little owl (Athene noctua). I don’t always have my camera with me and usually when I don’t the owls are sat perfectly on a post by the side of the road. I see them mostly in the early morning rather than the late afternoon when I return home. I have also been observing a family of long-eared owls nearby and I have watched three chicks grow to the point where they now look like adults.

With some luck I will be heading back to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Antiparos, Naxos, Koufonissia and Iraklia in July. Unless the panic over the economic situation in Greece turns out to be justified.

LONG EARED OWLS CHICKS (one month ago)

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SHORT-EARED OWLS and LITTLE OWL

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LONG EARED OWL CHICK (last week)

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By Matt Wilson