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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2017
at 00:01 Image of day on 04 Jun 2017
The Tawny Owl with blue-Grey facial feathers makes a landing on the
perch outside the kitchen window at 1 minute past Midnight.
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Image Taken on 17 Mar 2014
at 23:17 Image of day on 30 Apr 2014
This Tawny Owl was landing on the perch of our peanut feeder, and we
are sure it wasn't after the peanuts!
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Image Taken on 10 Dec 2011
at 21:32 Image of day on 17 Jan 2012
This Tawny owl made this nice landing on the perch (which we saw
on CCTV as well) but stayed for only a few seconds before flying off.
The time stamp for this image is a few minutes fast.
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Image Taken on 30 Jan 2011
at 20:56 Image of day on 16 Mar 2011
Lovely surprise of this night was the arrival of this Tawny Owl
who triggered this photo with this arrival (more to follow).
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Image Taken on 03 Jan 2011
at 04:56 Image of day on 27 Feb 2011
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Image Taken on 26 Dec 2010
at 19:59 Image of day on 17 Feb 2011
The Night Shift:
A tawny owl makes a deft landing on the awkward (but at
least grippy terracotta) peanut feeder.
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Image Taken on 31 Dec 2009
at 18:56 Image of day on 26 Jan 2010
We first saw this Tawny Owl in Infra-red on the CCTV monitor on
'Raptor' perch. It flew off and 'disappeared' but 7 minutes later
landed outside the kitchen window and stayed for about a minute.
It triggered the camera just the once as it was landing - see the
claws still stretched forward.
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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2011
at 23:36 Image of day on 30 Mar 2011
We knew nothing of this short midnight visit by a Tawny Owl until 5 days later
when we imported the images. The wings look close to fully stretched and measure
70cm tip to tip.
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Image Taken on 18 Mar 2013
at 20:14 Image of day on 23 Apr 2013
The Tawny owl has put in an appearance after weeks of absence,
nicely landing in his new preferred place at the left of the
perch (rather than on the top of the feeder) for which we changed
the camera trigger setup. The bird only stayed for a couple of
minutes but long enough for these 3 images.
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Image Taken on 12 Dec 2013
at 04:45 Image of day on 22 Jan 2014
Welcome back, if only for about a minute as we see on the CCTV of
the same event. This tawny owl flew low over the pond at the back of
this photograph, swooping up to land on the perch. The bird had a
brief look around at the ground, and then flew off.
Maximum pupil dilation for night vision in these large eyes (that
can barely move in their sockets) seems to have evolved to the
point where the Iris completely withdraws from the visible
cornea. Compare with the Tabby cat image
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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2010
at 00:45 Image of day on 08 May 2010
We had always thought this shiny ceramic top of the large peanut feeder
would not attract a bird of any size - corvids don't land on it.
Checking the CCTV camera we found it had landed on the feeder,
stayed 4 minutes and then flew off and did so again a few days later.
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Image Taken on 20 Nov 2011
at 19:06 Image of day on 01 Jan 2012
More Owls as a New-Year treat.
We hear tawny owls calling less than kilometre to our south, and
at least one is making regular visits to either the Kitchen
window perch or the tree stump. Here a bird landed to make a
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Image Taken on 15 Nov 2011
at 00:46 Image of day on 25 Dec 2011
Another day on we see a landing from straight ahead, and maybe
discover one of the attractions of this tree-stump - one claw has
trapped one of the Leopard slugs - a nice easy meal for the owl?
The next image was 4 hours later so we will never know!
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Image Taken on 05 Feb 2017
at 22:36 Image of day on 13 Mar 2017
20 minutes after a very short touchdown the same Tawny Owl, arrives back at high
speed (seen on CCTV recording and reflecting the increased stall speed) from the
left for a 10 minute stay, unexpectedly carrying a Fieldfare in the Talons.
The Owl stood still for a few minutes, presumably waiting for the poor bird to
expire while squeezed in the talons, before ripping it to pieces to eat it. At
10:35 p.m. it is far too dark for Fieldfares to be out feeding, so we are
advised that this one probably chose a not very safe place to roost. To choose
our post as it's butcher's table suggests that the Fieldfare was snatched from
one of our trees in the main woodland area.
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Image Taken on 06 Feb 2017
at 06:56 Image of day on 13 Mar 2017
Early next morning we found the aftermath ...
Testing the IR beam trigger shows us the remains on the top of the post. These
had gone by the time we had seen the pics and went out to look for signs. We
found feathers scattered around the post and a few heaped at the bottom of
the post on the South side shown here.
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Image Taken on 25 Sep 2018
at 02:49 Image of day on 13 Nov 2018
Backwards and Forwards landings of 'our' Tawny Owl.
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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2016
at 00:40 Image of day on 14 Sep 2016
Multiple visit nights by the this Tawny Owl give us the chance to present this
little montage of the most interesting 'landings' on the meadow post.
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Image Taken on 31 Oct 2016
at 00:56 Image of day on 08 Dec 2016
'How do I look when landing?'
A Tawny Owl landing on the post an hour either side of midnight gives
us flattering views of the tops and bottoms of the wings.
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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2017
at 22:10 Image of day on 06 Aug 2017
In 2016 the summer months passed without sightings of any Owls at all. But this
year several visits a week are normal - in this week there were 5 visits by
Tawny Owls just to this post - the bird could spend hours here at night perched
in the trees and we would never know. Here a set of 3 consecutive landings
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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2016
at 01:01 Image of day on 13 Sep 2016
The early hours of one night brought 4 separate visits by Tawny owl(s)
over a period of a bit over 3 hours, lasting 4 to 8 minutes each visit. Here are
3 of the four landings arranged in what we think is an attractive layout.
Don't read a single 'landing sequence' into them.
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