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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2016 at 23:05    Image of day on 14 Jul 2016

One visit from the Tawny owl this week and that a single frame of a landing, not that the image isn't rather fun.

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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2015 at 03:10    Image of day on 20 Jan 2016

A Tawny Owl visited this perch for a couple of minutes at about 3 a.m.
A little judicious cropping of a peanut feeder obscuring the bird's left wing makes a pleasing memento of the visit that is also almost as ferociously sharp as those claws.

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Image Taken on 19 Jan 2015 at 19:14    Image of day on 03 Mar 2015

Our only Owl sighting of any sort for a week was this Tawny Owl landing outside the kitchen window on the peanut feeder perch.

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Image Taken on 19 Jan 2015 at 19:14    Image of day on 03 Mar 2015

A detail of the feet starting to wrap the talons around the perch.

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Image Taken on 17 Nov 2013 at 22:41    Image of day on 06 Jan 2014

Birds with their heads facing away are not normally the stuff of interesting images, but the wonderful spread of feather on this landing Tawny owl is irresistible.

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Image Taken on 27 Jan 2017 at 23:04    Image of day on 06 Mar 2017

This Tawny Owl visited that bird table outside the kitchen window an hour before midnight. The bird tripped the IR sense beam with it's right wing (our left). On the CCTV recording we see that the bird stayed for about 10 minutes before flying off to our right unfortunately without breaking the beam for a take-off pic.

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Image Taken on 11 Nov 2016 at 02:12    Image of day on 19 Dec 2016

Still folding wings as the Tawny Owl looks back at the nearby ground level photo-sight where possibly the Fieldmice (Wood Mice) are scampering for safety.

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Image Taken on 11 Nov 2016 at 18:52    Image of day on 19 Dec 2016

Tawny owl landings about 3 hours apart showing us the top and bottoms of what we think is the same Tawny owl - the less regular bird with wider streak between the eyes.

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Image Taken on 02 Feb 2018 at 01:07    Image of day on 09 Mar 2018

The morning of Friday 2 Feb 2018 (Candlemass & Groundhog Day) saw the first of several sightings of Owls. The first was this Tawny Owl landing at the kitchen window bird table

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2016 at 20:44    Image of day on 20 Oct 2016

In the evening before the 19 minute stay a different Tawny Owl made a short visit. First the bird flew to the thin post (top left) that holds the IR sense beam sender (pale square with dark middle). We don't know whether the bird perched on the sender or the top of the post (out of frame at the top left). The bird then swooped down through the beam (lower left) flying to the photographic target post (the landing missed while the camera flash was re-charging) where it stayed for a couple of minutes.
Everything on the left is wildly out of focus because it is metres behind the target perch, but we think interesting enough to show you anyway.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2018 at 20:40    Image of day on 13 Nov 2018

A Tawny Owl visits the kitchen window bird table.
The sense beams now runs to the left of the table so the bird flapping wings on both landing and departure triggered the camera.

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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2016 at 22:25    Image of day on 22 Apr 2016

The 'Night' Shift - a Tawny Owl makes an elegant arrival.

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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2015 at 22:01    Image of day on 20 Mar 2015

This Tawny Owl landed on the Kitchen window perch on the 'proper side' to fire the camera. We think the left wing (near the feeder) has been partially folded to avoid impact with the feeder.

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Image Taken on 19 Jan 2018 at 20:13    Image of day on 23 Feb 2018

A Gorgeous Tawny Owl makes a landing at the kitchen window.

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Image Taken on 24 Feb 2018 at 20:00    Image of day on 27 Mar 2018

The strong South Easterly wind has forced this Tawny Owl to loop round close to the house to make an 'into the wind' landing on the perch. So, back to camera, enjoy the spread of feathers!

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2016 at 22:57    Image of day on 21 Sep 2016

Here is a montage of 3 of the 12 Tawny Owl landings on the post in just 4 days
Reminds us of a set of Totem Poles!

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2018 at 03:26    Image of day on 23 Aug 2018

We found a rook lying dead outside the kitchen window. We have to assume a bird strike on the window, although we couldn't find any mark on the glass We moved the sad little corpse to the meadow site to see what was interested. To our surprise at about 3.30 a.m. the Tawny Owl landed on the meadow post, immediately flew down for a look and a peck at the dead bird, and almost immediately flew back to the post.

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Image Taken on 08 May 2018 at 00:20    Image of day on 18 Jun 2018

These 2 Tawny Owl visits over the same night make a nice comparison of the very different colouration above and below the wings.

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Image Taken on 22 Mar 2012 at 00:55    Image of day on 21 Apr 2012

4 days later the Tawny owl visited again, this time around 1 a.m., photographing itself twice, first landing and then jumping down onto the perch with it's back to us. The 2 images are montaged together.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2018 at 04:03    Image of day on 24 Jul 2018

A week later and 15 minutes after a not very interesting 3 minute visit to the Meadow post (not shown) we get this Tawny Owl landing outside the kitchen window at 4 a.m.

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