May 18

Asio otus, known as long-eared owl

Accomplice a day of vacation to relax the mind, and thanks to the kindness of a virtual friend, today I was able to realize a great desire,  to see and photograph the common owl, which then in Sardinia was not so common, since the few times we saw it was just passing through, while for some years it has been nesting in some areas of the island. Given the situation a little delicate in which it has nested, and given the regional laws that prohibit photography and the disclosure of nests, I won't say anything else about it; obviously I didn't take pictures of the nest and the chicken was simply on one of the many trees of the place. I hope you enjoy the photos, but above all you like the subjects that I find absolutely fantastic !!! 




See you next time wink

Italian version


May 18

A night with the scops-owl

It was a long time that I wanted to see and take some pictures about this fantastic bird, with their charactestic voice...  and now I succeeded! smile

The other night with a friend we went to looking for them in a place that I Know very well and where I thought there were, but we can't found them so we went in other place and we were lucky because we found many. On night it's necessary to use a flash system to light up the birds, but before it has to call them with their voice.... In fact my friend have used a voice registration of a scops-owl and with a speaker he called them. The scops-owl being territorial they came to check and we could check with a led light where they were on the trees. With this work I've taken this pictures:





Then I was very lucky because I was be able to see the coupling:


An event not easy to see normally.

For to be the first time I'm very happy but now I have to study their habits to better understand them.

See you soon, bye wink


Apr 18

It's spring!!


Yes, it's spring and the life are reborn. Everywhere it's an explosion of colors, of  sounds, the temperature is going up and a lot of animals are active very early in order to catch a good meal and, mostly, to meet its partner. Some birds, like the great spotted woodpecker, are making their nest, but the great tit too is making his nest, how you can see in the following pictures:





For the woodpecker a thing very interesting is how the couple work on the nest, and how the female send away others female woodpecker (you can see big fights and chases between the branches), despite in the tree there are many holes to use as a nest (infact I saw some woodpeckers fly around that tree), but not only wookpeckers, how you can see smile

The woodpecker have a beak very strong, and when he uses it he protects his eyes with a membrane, and also the brain is protected from the fast hits with an absorption mechanism, otherwise they couldn't eat because they use the same method in order to check if there are some larvae under the tree bark. It's funny see them hits in every tree branch looking for some food!! They never stop laughing

May 18
Proud as a buzzard - part 8
Small update.
As almost every Wednesday I go to check if everything goes in the right direction, and so it seems.

This morning around 7 o'clock  I don't see and I don't hear them from afar too, then I go to check the nest, with binoculars (but you know now laughing), and it seems empty, so at first I stay bad, but after a few minutes here that comes a head in the middle of the vegetation! And yes, it sees the head of a buzzard in the nest, looking around but staying there. With the binoculars I can't understand whether it's an adult or the young, but it should be one of the adults (the other just did not see it) judging by the color of the beak and the plumage of the head. I keep checking but the time available is almost finished (I have to go to work ...) and not known variations on the subject, I look around but the other adult still nothing, probably it's around to hunt some prey.
We hope for good and in the next observation smile
Apr 18

Kestrel, a little falcon - Parte 7


Today I try to take some new photos about this beautiful raptor, and I was lucky because the male and the female were together near the nest to protect its:


They are often checking the nest, but I don't know if the female has deposed some eggs. When I'm gone, I've checked with the binoculars what they were doing and one of the two was inside the nest.  

Near the nest of the kestrels there are many other nest of Coloeus monedula, or western jackdaw, and it has been easy to take this photo because they were Flying near me:



with his White eyes... It was a lot of time that I'd like to take a picture of him. Fantastic!!!

The journey isn't ended, infact in the zone near the kestrel there are many countryside where to find some animals and birds!! Here I found a Burhinus oedicnemus, or the Eurasian Tick-knee in the middle of that field:

but he was too far from me to take a decent photo. Instead I was lucky too with this little friend, a Fringilla coelebs or the common chaffinch, very beautiful and very, very near of me smile



and this time I can't complain.

See you the next time!! wink 


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  • Not your ordinary camera bag: Rhake waterproof pack with Camera Capsule insert review

    The Rhake Weatherproof Bag + Camera Capsule
    $365 (bag) + $130 (insert) | MissionWorkshop.com

    The Rhake pack has a roll top giving it a decent degree of expansion.

    The Rhake waterproof backpack by Mission Workshops doesn’t look like an ordinary camera bag – instead it looks a lot more like a high quality bike messenger pack or something you might take on a weekend trip when packing light. And that’s the point. The bag’s 22L main compartment is designed to be multi-functional. Once you slide the Capsule Camera insert ($130) into the Rhake you have a camera bag with a utilitarian design, albeit with a very high price tag.

    The Capsule Camera insert that slides into the Rhake pack.

    Though this pack is not designed specifically with photographers in mind, I was intrigued to find out just how functional it could be.


    • Exterior: 21 x 13 x 5 in / 53 x 33 x 13cm
    • Interior Volume: 22L
    • Capsule Insert: 9.75 x 17.75 x 4.25in / 25 x 45 x 11cm
    • Laptop Compartment: Dedicated 17in Exterior Pocket
    • Weight: 3.1lbs / 1.4kg

    Design & construction

    The first thing I noticed about the Rhake was the high quality construction – Mission Design guarantees their products for life – which makes me believe that this thing was built to last. The bag is made of weatherproof nylon fabric called HT500 that is apparently exclusive to the company. It gives the pack an understated look and a good degree of water and stain resistance.

    The Rhake pack's laptop compartment can fit up to a 17" computer. The pack also has a dedicated tablet compartment.

    The second thing I noticed about this bag was the amount of organizational pockets. There are technically two zippered compartments that are large enough to fit a laptop (a dedicated exterior pocket, shown above left, and a second one within the 22L main compartment). On the back of the bag, opposite the exterior laptop pocket, there is a mesh water bottle pocket that tucks away when not in use.

    There are numerous options for organization within this bag to suit your tastes

    The front of the Rhake features a dedicated 10” tablet pocket and two accessory pouches (one at the top of the bag and one at the bottom) for stashing chargers, spare batteries or other items that need to be accessed quickly.

    There are two zippered front pockets with plenty of room to organize smaller odds and ends. There are also two accessory pouches, one at the top (accessible via the roll top) - and one at the bottom (accessible via zipper).

    There are also two larger zippered front pockets, one of which is filled with three smaller interior zippered mesh pockets. In short, there are numerous options for organization within this bag to suit your tastes.

    The straps are well-padded and a horizontal strap offers added stability.

    The back of the Rhake is made of perforated foam and there is a luggage handle pass-through for use with roller bags. The straps have a nice amount of padding and feature an additional horizontal buckled strap.

    The camera insert can be accessed from the top of the bag. A look inside the Rhake pack once the camera insert has been removed.

    The Camera Capsule insert is accessed from the top of the Rhake pack. The inside can be customized to your taste using the padded partitions. There’s also a back pocket in the insert where you can slide in an 11" laptop or tablet.

    A close-up look inside the Camera Capsule insert. I was able to fit two bodies, several lenses and a flash.

    In the field

    All of my photographer friends who saw the Rhake in action immediately complimented the style of this bag. It looks good, and it can comfortably hold a large amount of gear. I loved the many organizational pockets and those tiny mesh interiors were a great place for all of my miscellaneous items that I end up with at a shoot.

    Once it’s packed, the front is snapped together and the top rolled shut, the Rhake pack is a surprisingly compact gear bag with the ability to expand to hold a large amount of equipment.

    Its compact silhouette made it a good for riding the subway (even during rush hour) and hauling it around didn’t make me feel like I was in danger of destroying a shoulder.

    There's no way to access most of the gear stored within the Camera Capsule insert unless you completely remove it from the bag

    Unfortunately, there is one glaring design flaw with the Rhake: there's no way to access most of the gear stored within the Camera Capsule insert unless you completely remove it from the bag. For some photographers, this might seem like a minor oversight; after all the Rhake is a multi-functional bag, but I found this design element to be really inconvenient. It was easy enough to access my main camera body through the top zipper, but if I wanted to switch lenses I needed to totally unpack the 22L compartment – which is kind of a pain when working in the cramped quarters of a dark music venue.

    When the bag is fully packed it also takes a little bit of elbow grease to remove the Camera Capsule from the main compartment. I imagine that with more use the bag’s structure will become less tight, but on the shoots I took the Rhake to I found myself having to spend a few extra moments safely removing the capsule from the bag. The Camera Capsule essentially fills the 22L compartment, making it difficult to stash anything else in there (a jacket, supplies for an overnight trip, etc.). I’d be curious to see how the Rhake would function with smaller camera inserts like the Topo Camera Cubes.

    What’s the bottom line?

    The Rhake’s construction is high quality, the design is aesthetically pleasing and it can hold a good deal of gear without looking bulky, making it great for everyday use. But the bag is pricey and the multi-functionality aspects make certain elements of the design inconvenient for photographers. Ultimately, if you're looking for a dedicated camera bag, there are other more cost-friendly and functional options out there. However, if you want a pack that can pull double duty as a bike bag or a weekend travel pack, the Rhake might be for you.

    What We Like:

    • Utilitarian design
    • Durable construction
    • Slim profile
    • Ample organizational pockets
    • Holds a lot of equipment
    • Multi-functional bag, could be used as a camera bag or for something else

    What We Don’t Like:

    • High price tag
    • Inability to access lenses in Camera Capsule without unpacking


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