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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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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 lovely portrait.

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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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