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Birds, Insects & Bats in flight (outdoors) Page 2

Image Taken on 10 Feb 2009 at 16:08    Image of day on 03 Mar 2009

It didn't seem too bothered by our presence, and flew by close enough for a 'portrait'.


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Image Taken on 01 Mar 2010 at 16:40    Image of day on 02 Apr 2010

A chance glimpse through a gap in the hedge and a trudge over the fields brought us our first close encounter with a barn owl which disdainfully ignored both photographer and camera noise to hunt over some rough grass. These two images were 3 frames apart (so accurate positioning would completely spoil the effect!)


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Image Taken on 14 Mar 2010 at 17:51    Image of day on 19 Apr 2010

In that few minutes between dark enough for the barn owl to emerge and there not being enough light to photograph it, this barn owl floated silently by lit by the orange sky.


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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2009 at 16:08    Image of day on 03 Mar 2009

We startled this barn owl from one of our fence posts, which then proceeded hawk the area for 10 minutes or so. Of hundreds of images we managed to get, here is our initial view.


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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2020 at 04:49    Image of day on 05 Jan 2021

Just before 5 a.m. this Barn Owl makes this lovely landing, but doesn't stay.


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Image Taken on 27 Jan 2020 at 20:24    Image of day on 21 Feb 2020

The Night Shift: A Snowy Ghost in the night, this (ringless) Barn Owl takes just this one pic of themselves in the whole week.


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Image Taken on 21 Mar 2016 at 05:08    Image of day on 20 Apr 2016

Just this one image of a Barn Owl making an attractive landing.
Notice the clear Alula feathers raised half way along the top of each wing that provide the same effect as 'flaps' on aeroplanes.


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Image Taken on 13 Jan 2018 at 17:01    Image of day on 15 Feb 2018

This Barn owl graced us twice with a 10 minute gap, unusually landing in opposite directions, having no 'into-the-wind' preference on this nearly windless night.


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Image Taken on 04 Dec 2019 at 03:30    Image of day on 01 Jan 2020

Several hours later on the same night, a Barn Owl visits again. Eye plumage detail suggests that this is the same bird as the previous visit.
The ringed Barn Owl appears two days later.


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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2009 at 16:10    Image of day on 03 Mar 2009

The owl spent some time 'hopping' along the fence posts 70m or so to our North. Not ideal for good images, but we rather like this sequence probably lasting about 1 second in real time.


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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2020 at 19:42    Image of day on 02 Feb 2020

The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.


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Image Taken on 04 Jan 2020 at 01:22    Image of day on 02 Feb 2020

The Barn Owl visits occasionally, but at the moment we see the landing but the bird moves on within a minute.


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Image Taken on 03 Dec 2019 at 23:42    Image of day on 01 Jan 2020

This Barn Owl makes a flamboyant landing on the Meadow post.
Note that this bird has no ring on the right leg, so we are seeing at least two different Barn Owls visiting.


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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2020 at 19:13    Image of day on 05 Mar 2020

Despite strong winds, this Barn Owl stopped by on the Meadow post for less than a minute, though we had sighting of the bird continuing to hunt from a more sheltered perch.


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Image Taken on 13 Feb 2020 at 23:52    Image of day on 05 Mar 2020

The 'slightly coy' midnight Barn Owl stops by for a brief visit.


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Image Taken on 14 May 2016 at 21:44    Image of day on 20 Jun 2016

A Barn owl landing with a lovely view of the top of the open wings as well as enough of the face to be satisfying. The Owl stayed for less than 90 seconds


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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2015 at 06:56    Image of day on 24 Mar 2015

A landing of the Barn Owl from the rear gives us a good view of the beautiful wing feathers.


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Image Taken on 10 Dec 2017 at 17:04    Image of day on 13 Jan 2018

Just after dark this Barn Owl took just this one pic of itself landing on the snowy post-top, already mostly cleared of snow by a succession of Corvids looking for food.


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Image Taken on 12 Dec 2019 at 06:12    Image of day on 12 Jan 2020

Two Barn Owl landings a couple of hours apart. This is the Owl with no leg ring.


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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2015 at 05:35    Image of day on 24 Mar 2015

This image of the Barn Owl looks like the bird had just landed and triggered the camera as it folded the wings over the centre of the pole where the sense beam passes.


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