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Wildlife Hide

When I first started out in photography, I never dreampt that I would have such special experiences.

Back in 2014, we purchased a Static Van on Goodenbergh Country Holiday Park Low Bentham Lancaster.

Little did we know that the site had around 60 species of bird plus Roe Deer, Red Fox, Brown Hare, Stoat and Weasel all on the site area.

Within the first few months I had seen birds that I rarely see. We could not have picked a better site.

Tawny Owl

My favourite bird species, the owl, had been waiting for me to arrive and start work making nest boxes for them.

The woods were ideal for the Tawny – nocturnal 99% of the time.

The site closes from January to March each year, but from October onwards people start leaving. It is a fantastic place for the Tawny, as the woods are very quiet for four months at a time when they choose a nest site and partner.

Tawny baby taking in the morning warmth of the sun

I had many plans going around in my head, and over winter I came up with the most ambitious one of all – my own wildlife Hide in a very tranquil quiet part of the site.

Debbie the owner at the time said no problem. The place was chosen, and me and Ruth put up a 6 x 8 shed.

That’s how it all started.

With an abundance of logs and tree stumps, we slowly transformed it into one of the best hides for wildlife you can find.

Just for site members and invited people, it became the photographer’s dream with birds within 15 feet of the hide.

Jay relaxing in the afternoon sun captured from the hide

Year two came and I had many Owl sightings in the woods.

One of my best images was one night as I walked back from the hide.

As I entered the woods, I looked up and sat on a tree stump was a Tawny Owl.

I slowly brought my average up and fired a few shots off, hoping the camera shutter would not scare it away.

Observing Bird Behaviour

The Coal Tit was the first bird I observed from our van window.

A bird that never stops eating. That’s what I thought it was doing anyway!

It was actually taking black sunflower seeds from the feeder and planting them in the flower pots.

Coal Tit

As the summer came, we noticed plants sprouting that we didn’t plant, and I soon worked it out. The Coal Tit had done it – we had sunflower plants growing everywhere.

The Nuthatch

The second bird I observed was the Nuthatch – a tapered bird grey back with a rusty orange belly.

The Nuthatch can go up and down a tree looking for a gaps in the tree. I noticed one collecting white sunflower seeds and burying the seeds in the tree.

Nuthatch with a peanut

So many species – so little blog space! To be continued….

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