After yesterday's good luck finding a Little Owl, I decided this morning to follow up a report of Short Eared Owls on Papercourt Meadows, between Old Woking and Ripley. I parked at Old Woking, and headed across the water meadows towards Papercourt Lock on the Wey Navigation. What I didn't know at the time was that the Owls don't normally appear until after 3pm. But it was a pleasant sunny day, attractive countryside, plenty of other wildlife to see, and I continued beyond the lock to the Seven Stars at Ripley for lunch.
|A pair of Stonechats on their favourite vantage point, a grass stalk.|
|A Kestrel sizes up a potential meal.|
|A male Stonechat|
|A female Stonechat.|
|A Deer, north of the river|
|A Cormorant passes by.|
|One of the Short Eared Owls flies past during the display ...|
|... and turns his face towards us and smiles (?).|
|One of the Owls gives a harrying Crow a taste of its own medicine.|
After a while the Owls moved back to where we had been originally, and as I could also see a Barn Owl there, I followed them. I got some good views but no more pictures.