Having spoke to the nocturnal Owl whisperer Chidders yesterday about the local Barn Owls and camera settings etc, I decided to have an early start today. I am quite used to getting up early but when Chiddy said they tend to show well between 2.30 - 4.30am I was a little shocked to say the least. After having a few hours sleep I woke up at 2am and was soon on the road heading to the site. Not surprisingly I didn't see many cars and I soon arrived on site and set about finding my quarry. Chidders had set me up with some different settings to try and it wasn't long until I could see the familiar sight of a Barn Owl sitting on a post. I drove up slowly and was able to get a couple of shots before it disappeared into the night. I ended up seeing 5 Barn Owls and 1 Short eared Owl. As can be seen I hope in the top shot, the settings worked well and this is probably the best shot quality wise I have so far.
Chiddy turned up not long after and we spent a few hours watching them at rest and hunting but unfortunately the fog arrived and it was quite thick in places. Although I still saw Barn Owls I don't think they liked the lights shining off the fog for as soon as I saw one in the headlights they were off. I would have liked to get a few more shots using the settings which worked well but hopefully next weekend I would have taken delivery of a Canon 7d which I have just bought and see how this performs on the owls. Despite not many shots taken today, still a superb time out watching the owls and good company with Chiddy. I can't wait to return!