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Birds - Barn Owl Page 4

Image Taken on 22 Apr 2014 at 02:10    Image of day on 09 Jun 2014

This looks like the Barn Owl is about to launch - it is the last of the set. The feathers are nicely separated and the tail is also spread.

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Image Taken on 26 Jan 2014 at 18:00    Image of day on 11 Mar 2014

A new automatic photo kit (controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer) bagged us this Barn Owl on Sunday evening on it's second night of operation. This image was 'first time luck' - 7 days have elapsed without a sighting of any more owls
This owl is Ringed, so we went back through our archive looking for rings on the right legs of barn owls. All of our Barn Owl images (where we can see the breast) are the white fronted variety. In Jan & March 2013 the owl was NOT ringed, but images from 2010 are. So this is not 'The' Barn Owl, but at least Two different birds. The ring is almost readable in the camera images.
Regarding rings, you may be interested in our Snow Goose saga

We will release the new kit design and software when it is more 'finished' - if you want information now just email us. Meanwhile our simpler design can be found at Night Photo Kit

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Image Taken on 16 Feb 2017 at 04:58    Image of day on 23 Mar 2017

This Barn Owl came in to land on the post along the sense beam line, so triggered before it reached the area of sharp focus. This is a white breasted bird with no leg ring - quite likely one we have seen in previous years.

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Image Taken on 15 Dec 2012 at 21:48    Image of day on 16 Jan 2013

The beautiful white-breasted barn owl spent a few minutes hunting from the post in the meadow.

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Image Taken on 25 Feb 2017 at 02:59    Image of day on 05 Apr 2017

A spread of white announced the arrival of this barn owl for a short visit.

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Image Taken on 20 Feb 2017 at 18:04    Image of day on 30 Mar 2017

Just after dark the next day (with the IR beam now accurately over the top of the post) the Barn Owl made another exuberant landing.

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Image Taken on 21 Feb 2017 at 20:11    Image of day on 04 Apr 2017

Another short stay by this Barn Owl.
We once heard a Barn Owls head plumage described as the 'Spangled Assassin's hood' - you can see the effect particularly well at the lower right.

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Image Taken on 19 Feb 2017 at 03:09    Image of day on 31 Mar 2017

A couple of minutes after a short visit, the Barn Owl arrives back with what looks like a vole for his 3 a.m. meal. The next frame 45 seconds later shows no sign of the vole - presumably now warming the inside of the Owl.

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Image Taken on 19 Feb 2017 at 03:16    Image of day on 31 Mar 2017

After swallowing the Rodent, the Barn owl departed but made a swift return followed by a 41 minute stay.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2014 at 00:16    Image of day on 24 Mar 2014

If you think the distant flash upsets this Barn Owl, then don't. This bird settled down for a few minutes doze as the camera fired each minute!

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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2014 at 02:15    Image of day on 17 Mar 2014

5 nights later we got 7 more images of a Barn Owl, but this time with NO ring on either leg. These were taken shortly after 2 a.m. We so hope this is a pair with somewhere to nest.

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Image Taken on 19 Feb 2017 at 02:44    Image of day on 30 Mar 2017

We at first assumed that this was a overshot landing, but CCTV tells us the bird managed to land on one edge without triggering a picture (so a little IR beam realignment required), and this was the bird on the hunt.

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Image Taken on 06 Jan 2013 at 18:45    Image of day on 06 Feb 2013

Predators have to be irregular creatures or their prey will know when to hide. After an absence for over a week the barn owl turned up 3 days running, each time around 18:45 perhaps for some reason we don't know.

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Image Taken on 08 Jan 2013 at 18:43    Image of day on 06 Feb 2013

On the third and final day the bird stayed on the post for about half an hour. A slight drizzle turned into a rain shower. Image 3 (lower left) happened to catch the bird shaking out the damp plumage, and the final image shows the whole top of the head spangled with raindrops just prior to leaving - compare with the image above it. Owls feathers are not very water resistant - the bird flew off presumably to perch somewhere dry.

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Image Taken on 27 Oct 2018 at 07:05    Image of day on 17 Dec 2018

This gorgeous Barn Owl only stayed for about a minute.

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Image Taken on 13 Feb 2017 at 20:18    Image of day on 23 Mar 2017

A Barn Owl is back after nearly a years absence. The landing into the East wind (towards camera) so we can neither see whether it is the ringed individual, nor even if it has a white breast. But a very welcome return nevertheless.

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Image Taken on 19 Mar 2018 at 21:28    Image of day on 24 Apr 2018

A Barn owl makes a beautiful entrance ...

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Image Taken on 19 Mar 2018 at 21:29    Image of day on 24 Apr 2018

... and stays for about 10 minutes without moving the claws once settled.

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Image Taken on 12 Jan 2018 at 21:05    Image of day on 14 Feb 2018

We think that for the first time ever we have seen one Owl displace another already on a perch. Here a Barn Owl flies in and spends 13 minutes looking around. It suddenly takes off (level flight to the right rather than a dive onto prey) and about 2 seconds later is replaced by this Tawny Owl flying in from the dark on the left. The Tawny stayed for about 4 minutes.
You get a good idea of the similar sizes but different postures of the two species.
Our knowledge of the timing comes from a very poor CCTV recording.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2018 at 21:43    Image of day on 14 Nov 2018

A Beautiful Barn Owl graces us with a quarter of an hour visit.

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