Wednesday, 24 February 2010
I have made a few visits recently to observe and photograph a local barn owl. Although the weather has remained bitterly cold, the sun has managed to shine, and has I think encouraged the barn owl to hunt frequently during daylight hours. Most late evenings and nights have been very frosty with temperatures well below zero and I think it must be more pleasurable for the barn owl to hunt whilst the winter sun shines.
The owl usually appears from it's roost around four o'clock and patrols it's territory looking for an easy meal. I have observed it making a kill on two occasions, the first one it took back to it's roost site and the second kill was devoured out of site on the ground. I didn't manage to photograph the kill but did obtain some nice images of the hunting barn owl as it quartered the rough fields and embankments near to it's roost site.
I have shown a selection of the images I managed to obtain. I hope they convey to my readers some of the magic of watching these magnificent birds, as they go about the daily business of survival during the present harsh winter conditions. I also now await favourable conditions to increase my portfolio of barn owl images.I look forward to the summer months when the owls will be on the wing more frequently as they will hopefully by then have a family to feed.