Cracking Daylight Tawny Footage this week!

This week was my final week at Yew View before Christmas and I always start my day with  a quick check of the cameras. I was amazed to see that one of the tawnies was in the nest box! This is the first time we have had one spending the day in this new box. Over the last month or so, they have been day roosting in the other two large boxes that we have at the other end of the garden. What is special about this box, compared to the other two, is that I have a small light unit in the box. This consists of some white LEDs mounted inside a translucent plastic box. The are operated by a sensor, meaning that when the light is sufficient outside, then the internal lights come on. They go off at night. This is essential. This additional light means that I can achieve a better image on the cameras. I use lighting in all my boxes and, based on nesting success, I do not feel that this lighting affects the birds in any way. You can see that there is virtually no reaction to the light coming in within the box……


Leading up to this day roost, there had been regular visits again in this last week. Lots of calling and paddling, further strengthening bonds and confidence in this as their chosen nesting site…


These two clips show the calling between the pair, from the two different camera angles….