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Ham Wall Nature Reserve 16/07/2022

On a very hot summer evening, I decided to head down to RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve for a walk, and to see if I could capture any photographs. My main motive was the hope of seeing the barn owls and I'm happy to say that I did. As well as the owls I also photographed deer, butterflies, dragonflies and robins.

 

Barn Owl

For a long time, I wanted to capture a close-up photograph of an owl in flight and on this evening, I finally did. Watching the owls flying around in the distance, hunting over the reserve was great. I was so happy when one of the owls started to fly towards the position where I was stood. I started to snap away and these are a few of the photographs I captured. It wasn't until the owl flew out of sight and I looked at the back of my camera, that I realised it was carrying its latest catch. They are such graceful creatures and amazing to watch. I hope to see them again soon.

Barn Owl By R.A.Wood Photography at  RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Somerset. Wildlife and bird photography.
Barn Owl By R.A.Wood Photography at Ham Wall Nature Reserve (pic1)

Barn Owl carrying its prey By R.A.Wood Photography at  RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Somerset. Wildlife and bird photography.
Barn Owl carrying it latest catch By R.A.Wood Photography at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve (pic2)


Barn Owl carrying its prey By R.A.Wood Photography at  RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Somerset. Wildlife and bird photography.
Barn Owl By R.A.Wood Photography at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve (pic3)

 

Deer

Walking back to the car with my fiancée after photographing the owl photos, we heard a commotion in the long grass. This turned out to be two deer chasing one another. They ran and leapt about in circles, right in front of us, for 30 seconds before disappearing off into the distance through the marshland and grasses. I have never seen anything like it before.

Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Wildlife photography of two deer running through the long grass.
Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset (pic4)

Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Wildlife photography of two deer running through the long grass.
Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic5)

Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Wildlife photography of two deer running through the long grass.
Deer Chase by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic6)


 

Robin

Here's a beautiful robin I watched flying from tree to tree. It did stop to allow me to take a couple of photos.

Robin by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Bird and Wildlife photography.
Robin by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic7)

Robin by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Bird and Wildlife photography.
Robin by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic8)

 

Butterflies and Dragonflies

As it was a beautifully warm evening, there were plenty of butterflies and dragonflies flying around the reserve on Saturday evening. I saw a few different species of butterfly but only managed to take photos of peacock and red admiral. The latter landed on my fiancée's hand and stayed there for ages. After that cool experience, we watched the dragonflies darting around overhead. I tried to get a photo of one flying but to no avail. One did land I got a photo of it before I headed off to find the owl.

Red Admiral Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. Butterfly wildlife Photography
Red Admiral Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic9)

Peacock Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. butterfly and wildlife photography
Peacock Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic10)

Peacock Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. butterfly and wildlife photography
Peacock Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. (pic11)

Peacock Butterfly by R.A.Wood Photography taken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve Somerset. butterfly and wildlife photography