Thursday, 20 November 2014

An Evening with the Barn Owls

After last weeks Barn Owl session with Chiddy I was very keen to return to not only watch these beauties at close range but also to see if I could improve upon my images so last night I arrived at the site about 6pm and hoped I was in for a good night. The first hour was very quiet, just a couple of brief sightings of 2 Barn Owls as they flew through the beam on the car lights but plenty of mouse/vole action as they dashed over the road from side to side. I was starting to think that it was not going to be my night when just after 7pm I picked out a Barn Owl in the road with a fresh kill. I slowly drove up to it and it quite happily stayed where it was and continued to feed. Although not the best light I managed to get a few shots including this action shot which didn't turn out too bad.

Barn Owl

Eventually after swallowing the prey it flew off and landed on a post. I carried on seeing a further 2 more Barn Owls and the next 45 minutes was spent getting a number of images which I think have improved from last time.



Barn Owl

At times they even flew nearer the car and the camera wasn't needed, just a lovely stunning close view of these stunning birds. With a few shots gained and another successful mission I left about 8.15pm a very happy man. 



Barn Owl

14 comments:

  1. A happy man. Well, I would be over the moon. Fantastic photos Marc.

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  2. These are incredible Marc. Love a bit of gore! Glad you got the trophy shot of the Barn Owl on the post that you were hoping for in such beautiful clarity too.

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  5. This is Birders paradise,I'm very jealous,well done on capturing these beautiful images.
    John.

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  6. Wonderful post Marc, and the images are not bad too!!!

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  7. What a good way to spend the long winter evenings Marc! That top pic is a bit gruesome! I can just about get all of the image of the second shot on my screen, very nice indeed ;-)

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  9. Many thanks all for the comments, just nice to know you have looked at these super birds and hopefully enjoyed the odd photo of them.

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  11. They really are special birds and what a true delight to have a chance to photograph them at such close range. Stunning shots, Marc

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  12. Well done Marc. Nice to see a few without rings.

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  13. What a amazing evening that was. Beautiful Barn Owl photo's.

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