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Birds - Barn Owl Page 1

Image Taken on 04 Mar 2010 at 17:39    Image of day on 09 Apr 2010

We have been regularly going out at sunset to hope to see our local Barn owl setting out on his evening hunt. Twice now, at different places, we have seen the owl being harassed by a Corvid, in one case never identified, and in this case definitely a jackdaw. As the darkness forces us back home the owl gets left in peace by the corvids as well.


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Image Taken on 05 Mar 2015 at 18:33    Image of day on 18 Apr 2015

First meal of the night just after dark brought to the convenient dining table from somewhere around the post. We remember watching this in CCTV and the meal was caught on the left several metres towards the camera in rank grass tussocks.


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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2016 at 17:47    Image of day on 09 Apr 2016

This Barn Owl arrives before the camera has 'turned itself on' for the night. We saw it on the CCTV and stampeded to the camera to grab just this one useable image before the Rooks took exception and chased it away. Rooks mobbing Owls in the twilight is standard behaviour we have seen many times in the past elsewhere around the farmland.


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Image Taken on 07 Jan 2016 at 17:00    Image of day on 10 Feb 2016

This barn owl made a short stay less than an hour after sunset.
Late last year we saw this bird with just the missing wing feathers. The black marks on the other wing have appeared since last years visits and we have no idea what made them .


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Image Taken on 26 Oct 2015 at 22:09    Image of day on 16 Dec 2015

A dramatic arrival for this Barn owl
We decided not to remove the 'Red-eye' effect - it adds to the drama.


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Image Taken on 27 Feb 2016 at 23:39    Image of day on 27 Mar 2016

Two visits from the pristine barn owl without leg ring on successive nights. The first visit was an active hunt for 11 minutes


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Image Taken on 28 Feb 2016 at 02:56    Image of day on 27 Mar 2016

This visit was a most unusual stay for over two and half hours. The still camera controller stopped photographing after the first hour (assuming a fault) but a look at the CCTV showed that it stayed for 160 minutes of apparently staggering inactivity!
These 4 images are the arrival (right) and then typical images from the first hour. We are fairly sure that the bird arrived fully 'tanked up' with voles and/or mice and just quietly dozed on our post digesting his fill. No sign of any owl cast next day :-(


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Image Taken on 16 Feb 2016 at 02:15    Image of day on 17 Mar 2016

After weeks without a sighting of Barn Owl, one of the locals made regularly nightly visits for 4 days, always the 'pristine' Barn Owl without a leg ring. We have built each visit into it's own montage annotated with the length of the visit.


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Image Taken on 23 Mar 2015 at 18:38    Image of day on 09 May 2015

The only owl visit of the week - a 4 minute stop over by the Barn Owl with no leg ring. Once a week is about normal for this individual.
We suspect that this un-ringed bird is the male, with the ringed bird the female, together starting their breeding cycle where the female starts letting the male hunt for her.


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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2016 at 00:15    Image of day on 18 Mar 2016

A 5 minute stay by the Barn Owl.


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Image Taken on 09 Mar 2016 at 01:09    Image of day on 10 Apr 2016

Barn owl without leg ring graces us with a few minutes visit


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Image Taken on 15 Feb 2016 at 22:31    Image of day on 17 Mar 2016

After weeks without a sighting of Barn Owl, one of the locals made regularly nightly visits for 4 days, always the 'pristine' Barn Owl without a leg ring. We have built each visit into it's own montage annotated with the length of the visit.


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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2016 at 20:51    Image of day on 22 Feb 2016

We have chosen 6 images of a 6 minute barn owl visit to make animated GIF of the bird searching surrounding from the post top without moving the feet.
Don't imagine that the Owl spends 6 minutes turning his head once - we catch various positions in each frame 45 seconds apart and select the order.


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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2016 at 20:50    Image of day on 22 Feb 2016

This Barn Owl (with no leg ring) making a 6 minute visit a few hours after sunset. This is the landing.


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Image Taken on 18 Jan 2016 at 20:51    Image of day on 22 Feb 2016

The Barn Owl (with no leg ring) made a 6 minute visit a few hours after sunset. Here are three images showing a nearly 360 degree rotation of the head.


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Image Taken on 16 Feb 2016 at 23:02    Image of day on 18 Mar 2016

These next 3 images of the Barn Owl was for a visit of exactly 90 seconds - the camera cycles at 45 seconds and caught the landing and (by luck) the departure.


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Image Taken on 15 Feb 2015 at 17:59    Image of day on 25 Mar 2015

36 Hours later, a visit from a different Barn Owl with no leg ring. We fancy that the underside of the wings is less patterned than our 'regular' Barn Owl. We do hope they are a 'pair' but have no real idea where they 'live'.


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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2016 at 00:23    Image of day on 18 Mar 2016

A very short stay by the Barn Owl, or maybe just a flyby.
The red colour at the base of the beak is clearly fresh blood when viewed at camera resolution. Owls are elegant and beautiful creatures, but they live by killing.


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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2016 at 05:48    Image of day on 04 Feb 2016

Our first Barn Owl sighting since the end of October last year.
A brief visit of just these two frames 45 seconds apart.


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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2017 at 05:26    Image of day on 01 Jan 2018

Near the end of the night this Barn Owl made a 20 minute visit to the meadow post. The arrival flight dipped into the sense beam and triggered the camera with the Owl well behind it and out of focus. The Bird stayed for 20 minutes scoping the plot quite actively. Half way through the stay the bird atypically (for our Barn owls) changed foot position, even if only a slight swivel.


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