Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Both the Tawny Owls were in the usual beech tree. It is impossible to get good pictures of them among the leaves, but for the record here are the female ...
... and the male.
It is good to see these owls, who are now getting quite advanced in years, in good health and taking an interest in each other, and we all hope for another brood of owlets in the spring.
There were some interesting visiting gulls wearing rings that showed their origin. Here is a Black-Headed Gull from Gdansk in Poland. This will be its first venture abroad, since its tweedy plumage shows that it was only hatched this summer.
There was also a second-winter Herring Gull from Helgoland in Germany.
These two Black-Headed Gulls, both ringed by Roy Sanderson more than a decade ago, are a pair displaying to each other after the male has attacked another gull to show how tough he is.
The Greylag Geese on the lake have much the same ritual, though of course the gestures and sounds are different. It is known as the 'triumph ceremony'. And human beings are known to do similar things, of course. In all cases, it helps to strengthen the bond between the pair.