My Castle Cary Wildlife Photos- May 2022
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
Here are my favourite photos of wildlife captured in May around Castle Cary, Somerset.
This month I managed to see my first kingfisher and get a photo of it at the same time. As well as this I also saw plenty of wildlife including barn owls, bats, rabbits, foxes, deer and buzzards to name a few! Unfortunately, I can't always get a photograph of them all. For example, I watched a fox sneak up and chase rabbits but the grass was too long to get a clear photograph. It was still amazing to watch the fox in action as it chased the leaping rabbits trying to live another day. I didn't see the outcome of this hunt as they ran into a hedge and I lost sight. I never know if I want the rabbits to survive or the fox to eat. In moments like this I really feel connected with the natural world around and am grateful for the opportunity to witness these sights first-hand!
Here is my first photograph of a kingfisher. I am so happy I managed to get a photograph and see one of these beautiful birds as it has been on my list for a long time. I was walking along a footpath through Carymoor early one morning and out of the corner of my eye saw a flash of orange. I couldn't believe it when I realised it was a kingfisher. I very quickly grabbed my camera and managed to take a few photos before it flew off out of sight. I hope to see another one down there again soon and capture more photographs of this beautiful and rarely seen bird.
This is my best photo of a barn owl to date. I have seen the owl a few times at Carymarsh but never managed to get a good photograph of it. Being so quiet and being able to blend into the trees so well, they are easy to miss. I just managed to spot a flash of white, fly from one branch to another. Even then it took me a minute of peering through the leaves to see it. It was amazing to watch it as it sat still watching my every move. I would have loved to have taken a photograph of it in flight, but there were too many trees in the way this time. Now I know where to look, I have seen it regularly and hope to capture more photographs over time.