Fur and feathers

by Helen Hooker January. 22, 2011 7253 views

It was members?? day at the British Wildlife Centre today and for once I had a Saturday off so I decided to go along. The centre was very busy and for once anyone who wasn??t carrying a camera and long lens was the odd one out ?? in fact my 70-200mm lens was positively tiny compared to some I saw there! Sadly the weather wasn??t on my side ?? it was very overcast and absolutely freezing so shooting a lot of the animals was a big challenge. I did quite well with the foxes (they??re such natural models) and the owls, although I quickly gave up trying to capture them in flight as there just wasn??t enough light. The new experience for me today was seeing harvest mice close up. During one of the talks the keepers had a number of them on display, exploring some carefully prepared branches. I was astonished at how small they are (their bodies are no more than 2 inches long) and I had a miniscule success rate when photographing them ?? these two shots are the only really presentable ones from 83 that I took of these cute little creatures!

The harvest mice were very cute but so darn quick!

Oona, the Scottish Wildcat, is sixteen - life at the centre obviously suits her!

The foxes posed as beautifully as ever

Feeding time - hence the look of complete concentration!

It was like looking for a needle in a haystack in the walk-through red squirrel enclosure but I managed to catch a couple of them on camera as they stopped for a split second!

Tawny Owl

Little Owl

A Barn Owl demanding an edible reward for his flying display!

Short Eared Owl

Hedley, the Snowy Owl

Ethel, the European Eagle Owl

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Lauren 8 years, 7 months ago

Amazing shots!

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Pandka 8 years, 7 months ago

Great set!

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David Cardona 8 years, 7 months ago

Fantastic selection! Excellent shots!

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Goldbrandi 8 years, 7 months ago

Oh...nice photos!

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Nagy László 8 years, 7 months ago

Awesome!

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Moira 8 years, 7 months ago

lovely set.

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Brenda Nelson 8 years, 7 months ago

This is one of my favorite sets I've seen this year on PB! Every single shot could be a stand-alone post because they are so excellent! The owls are fantastic; I adore your foxes; but that little mouse is darling! Helen, these are worthy of a magazine feature!

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D 8 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set.. I can't pick a favorite... I liked them all...

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Kate 8 years, 7 months ago

Extraordinary set Helen - and worth it for the mice... but then those fantastic foxes too...what a wonderful outcome from your day

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Josy 8 years, 7 months ago

Extraordinary Helen and even if the weather was not with you, I find this very successful and wonderful set !
Barn Owl is my preferred !
Thanks for this sharing

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Piotrek 8 years, 7 months ago

A W E S O M E! Fantastic colors and perfect clarity! Second goes to favourites!

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Darlene Foster 8 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely fabulous wonderful shots! Who cares how many it took, these results are great! Saving to my favorites!

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Jacki 8 years, 7 months ago

I would shoot 83 pics to get those 2 adorable ones of the mice! I'm a fan of mice any way, they are just so darn cute! Nice set!

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Igor 8 years, 7 months ago

cool set!

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Juliã¡N 8 years, 7 months ago

Great collection ! ! !

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Lynda 8 years, 7 months ago

What a fantastic set. National Geographic standard.

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Alyson C. Evans 8 years, 7 months ago

Great shots. What a treat to see them all in one day. Love the mice, foxes, and owls most of all.

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Anna 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow, what a great set. The picture of the mice caught my eye a lot, but also all the others are really good!

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Tom 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow Helen well done love the squirel

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