Big birds, little birds

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I have already posted four bird-related stories from Saltee Islands, and a River Suir bird story, and here is another one. I love birds and never miss a chance to take a picture and listen to what they say. This conversation was overheard ( or may be just dreamed up? ) in Mayfield Birds of Prey falconry, Co Waterford, Ireland. I don’t know what it is about. Just some gossip, I guess. We are all guilty 😉 So, here they are: Sadie, Banin, Peanut, Muffin, Bailey, Izzy, Holly and Boo.

-Did you hear that?

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-Uh oh…

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-Aaaaaaah! Trouble!

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-I heard nothing!

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-Oh really?

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-I always knew…

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-“A little bird told me”, huh?

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-I heard nothing!!!


-Oh come on, it is OK.

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-But …

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-And what?

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-You can’t be serious…

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-Who cares?

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-Yes, who?

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-I. Heard. Nothing.

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-Are you kidding me?

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-I don’t want to know anything!

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-Or do I already know something?…

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-Everyone knows! 

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-Well, at this point…

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-I’d better be going…

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope you click on the images to see these sweet faces better.

When you travel Ireland, visit Mayfield Birds of Prey. This experience is not to be missed. Willie and Bridget  will let you handle and fly these noble  birds, and tell you amazing stories about them. Pure love – it is all I can tell about their work . Please “like” their Facebook page, and book a visit for yourself and your family, or make it an educational birthday trip.

Two more photographs of my favorite, Peanut, the Asian wood owl. He is molting – his eyelids will be all feathered soon.

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May all creatures  be loved and respected, and live long and happy.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!


  1. Your pictures are – as always – just amazing, stunning and absolutely beautiful, Inese!!!:) Would you mind, if I used some of them (and some of your lovely fox posts as well) to practice drawing and painting? I just love birds and especially owls and it is quite hard to find pictures showing so much love and respect, as you surely must feel for all creatures considering your pictures:) I would of course name you and your blog as my source should the results end up being presentable! Wish you a lovely weekend and hope you´ll get better soon so that you can enjoy Christmas together with your family! Sarah xo

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! Happy Christmas to you!
      You can open any image you like in a larger size by clicking on it once and then one more time. If you save it As, you get exactly the same size I have posted ( res 72-80). xx

        1. The owls in my pictures have three eye colors – red, orange, and brown. The last ones hunt in the daytime; the red-eyed both day and night, and the orange-eyed are nocturnal. Hope I remember it right 🙂

          1. Quite fascinating creatures. WordPress, my free online university. How else in the world would I know this if I wasn´t here. Asking the barman who has been 50 yers of his 70 years in the same town where I live?

  2. Great conversation by birds! I was laughing hard when reading your post 🙂 Truly enjoyable to read and I love their expressions! Thank you for sharing amazing images of them 🙂 ❤

    1. Their body language, all that neck wringing is so comical. They have fourteen neck vertebrae, no wonder they can rotate their neck up to 270 degrees. The set of the first three photographs is taken within just a few seconds – these ‘faces’ and body movements are hilarious 🙂 And then suddenly they are motionless again, slowly blinking their beautiful eyes – they have three eyelids; you can see them in one of the photographs. I could watch them endlessly. Last summer I wrote a blog and mentioned a baby owl I had a privilege to hold in my lap ( she came to me to hide herself!). So you can guess I have had many moments of pure happiness in my life 🙂

      1. The owl came to you? Well, that settles it–you are truly blessed in your skill. When nature bestows approval upon us, I can’t help but feel a touch of the divine.

        1. Yes, that little, fluffy, seven weeks old girl walked to me :). It was during the show. She was sitting in the grass with all the crowd around. I was there too, on my knees, taking pictures. Then some children were allowed to touch her, and that was it – she just walked up to me and hid herself under my jacket, and then climbed in my lap and fell asleep! So we sat there like that until the crowd went away and a caretaker took her from me… I was in awe.

          1. She saw you as refuge! Even more amazing. That’s a story to tell your grandchildren, to be sure. In fact, I think that’s the most Snow-White-In-Real-Life moment I’ve ever heard. Love it! (PS–Be on the lookout for strange hags bearing apples…)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! And now I know what they’re saying when they make those faces! They’re so beautiful. That white owl on Mayfield’s website looks like he ought to cut back on treats a bit! LOL! 😆

    1. They are so spoiled with attention, and very dramatic, like divas:). They so love their caretakers! The treat is a chunk of rabbit meat. I put a leather glow on, and a piece of raw meat on it. The birds spot the snack from far away. It is so exciting when they fly straight to you and land on your arm.
      I have seen the owl chicks – I think i have a picture of one somewhere in the blog. Cuteness is simply overwhelming.

  4. Oh, Inese, these are perfect. Your one liners are pure genius and those faces!
    I’ve looked and looked and your photos of birds are second to none. I love birds and it’s taken me 10 years to finally draw a nice mix to our property. I’ve always taken it for granted that every home would automatically come with it’s own supply of live-in birds but, that wasn’t the case when we moved here.
    Now, the weather allows for open windows and the cool air is delicious. I’d like for the birds to start their baths and joyous singing a couple hours later but this is a grand improvement over living without birds.

    1. Thank you Sheri, I am so happy that this post put a smile on your face :). I too love birds and your idea of that home+birds package sounds perfect to me.
      Tonight, driving home, a saw a huge wild owl – he flew very low across the road, right behind my car ( it was a sharp turn on the old road I use as a shortcut).

      1. I love owls. When Tom and I moved into what we thought was going to be our retirement home in NC, I asked my dad to make me an Owl House from old barn wood. We had owls on the property and thought it would be wonderful to have one actually nest. Dad built the huge house to specifications and Tom borrowed a ladder from a friend (we didn’t have one that would go high enough) and he went to the top of that ladder and then carried the heavy house while he continued to climb high into a pine to set the house. It was perfect for an owl to fly straight into. I knew from reading that was what our breed of owl on the property demanded for nesting. It took a little over a year but we finally had our resident owl. Of course when we left there, we had to leave the owl house behind. Once they move into a home they prefer to be life time residents the same as they are with their mates. Dad’s gone now and there’s no barn wood to be had anywhere but I like to think about the owls having a super deluxe house high in the sky on a beautiful piece of acreage with babbling brook within a stones throw.

  5. Fantastic! I love owls! Going to like their page and must make a note to visit the next time I go to Ireland (whenever that might be!)

    1. Thank you for listening to the conversation 🙂 These birds have a very expressive ‘face’ and body language. Try also to wring your neck as in the picture next after the one you mentioned 😉

  6. Such beautiful birds, with really great names. Lovely photos, Inese, and the conversation is excellent! I love the way you’ve captuted the barn owl in flight, too. Your photo really shows up the wonderul face.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I could spend hours just watching them. I realize that this is not their real ‘face’ but I want to believe it is 🙂

  7. I greatly admire your photos of these birds of prey. This is a wonderful post and I look forward to many more coming from your blog. Always brighten up my day 😀

      1. I asked my sister if she had ever been there with her family and discovered that my niece is scared of birds! Given that our back garden is constantly full of cockatoos, magpies, butcher birds, wattlebirds etc and that she will be here at Christmas I think that could be a problem! 🐦🐧🐤🐔😊

        1. Oh that is not common, but one of my former coworkers was terrified of birds too, and they apparently knew that, and attacked her on many occasions.

        1. Taking care of the rodents I guess.
          As a young girl I used to walk from the bus stop through the forest, and the owls sometimes made me jump with their sudden calls. I couldn’t turn back, so I would think of their funny ‘faces’ and the fear would go away 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment! They are also blending with the surroundings very well. I would love to have one living nearby. They keep all the pests away.

      1. We live out in the country and all sorts of birds, pheasant, turkey, a neighbor has peacocks. The owl lives in a hollowed out tree in one of our fields. Can’t spot him but he’s there. I’ll be unlucky to see it when I don’t have a camera with me. Very elusive creatures.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! The biggest, and most annoying editing is resizing the images. Otherwise, the day was perfect for photography, and the birds were sitting still most of the time. They are very well tamed, and used to visitors. Another time consuming task was choosing the pictures from 700 frames I brought home 🙂

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