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Birds - Barn Owl Page 5

Image Taken on 21 Oct 2018 at 00:49    Image of day on 11 Dec 2018

A visit from a Barn Owl that lasted almost 20 minutes was unusually active, changing position between most frames (45 seconds apart). Here is a selection.


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Image Taken on 21 Oct 2018 at 00:57    Image of day on 11 Dec 2018

Another frame of this lovely bird.
The symmetry of the wings frame the bird like Gothic columns.


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Image Taken on 02 Feb 2018 at 01:55    Image of day on 09 Mar 2018

8 minutes after the Tawny Owl left a Barn Owl turned up and stayed for a whole 2 hours. During the entire stay he/she only moved the single claw on the top of the post just once, and that just to turn around. What patience! About one-third of the pics taken seemed to show the Owl asleep!


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Image Taken on 05 May 2018 at 02:18    Image of day on 17 Jun 2018

4 days later a Barn Owl stops over for just a couple of minutes.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2018 at 22:33    Image of day on 08 Jul 2018

45 minutes after the awkward landing, what looks like the same Barn Owl landing much more solidly in the opposite direction, but only staying for one more photo (right then left).


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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2018 at 04:32    Image of day on 24 May 2018

Landing accomplished, the restless Little Owl did not stay, but the larger Owls spent several minutes in a quiet search for some imprudent rodent.


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Image Taken on 29 Dec 2014 at 16:44    Image of day on 08 Feb 2015

This barn Owl made 2 short visits 4 minutes apart, the second visit bringing along what we think is a Shrew. In order here the first landing, 4 minutes later the second landing with prey in beak, and 45 seconds later the prey has apparently been swallowed in one beakful followed by this moment or two's smug contemplation!


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Image Taken on 29 Dec 2014 at 16:48    Image of day on 08 Feb 2015

A closer look at the landing with the prey. We think we can see the pointed snout, and it is a bit small for a mouse or Vole.


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Image Taken on 16 May 2010 at 05:03    Image of day on 20 Jun 2010

Out in the early morning we waited on the bridleway to see if there were any owls about. To our pleasure 2 barn owls passed by a few minutes apart heading in the same direction. The second was carrying this rodent (looks like a mouse to us) in it's claws, rather than the traditionally photographed beak when near the nest.


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Image Taken on 06 Dec 2017 at 06:45    Image of day on 10 Jan 2018

Still an hour before sunrise, the house windows thus 'ablaze' with lights, this lovely barn Owl made a 3 minute visit to the meadow post.


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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2018 at 17:38    Image of day on 16 Mar 2018

This Barn Owl touches down and stays for 3 minutes, perched on what seems to be his favoured leg. In the cold weather they tend to pull one leg into the feathers rather more urgently than in the summer. Brrr!


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Image Taken on 13 Jan 2018 at 17:23    Image of day on 15 Feb 2018

From the second visit the Barn Owl landed towards the camera and spent over half and hour looking and listening. Here is a little selection.


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Image Taken on 20 Nov 2018 at 03:34    Image of day on 03 Jan 2019

This Barn owl made a short visit earlier in the night (no pics worth showing) and then this extended stay of over half-an-hour.


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Image Taken on 20 Nov 2018 at 03:53    Image of day on 03 Jan 2019

These two consecutive pics taken 45 seconds apart show the Barn Owl's wonderful flexible neck.


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Image Taken on 02 Mar 2018 at 21:42    Image of day on 09 Apr 2018

During the snow all three local Owl species (Little, Tawny and Barn Owls) visited the meadow post top. Most of the pics were spoiled by snow crusted windows, driving snow or snow mist, but this Barn Owl timed the visit better.


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Image Taken on 01 Nov 2018 at 17:50    Image of day on 17 Dec 2018

This Barn owl arrived for a few minutes hunt from the Meadow Post.


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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2014 at 02:54    Image of day on 11 Dec 2014

After a summer without a sighting, a Barn owl took 4 frames of itself on the meadow post. This is the only image with a face, and you can see staining from blood on the white feathers just to the right of the bird's beak.
Owls look lovely, but they survive by killing.


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Image Taken on 14 Nov 2017 at 18:10    Image of day on 22 Dec 2017

Half an hour later we saw the owl return and stay for 44 minutes.


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Image Taken on 14 Nov 2017 at 18:12    Image of day on 22 Dec 2017

Half an hour later we saw the owl return and stay for 44 minutes.


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Image Taken on 14 Nov 2017 at 17:46    Image of day on 22 Dec 2017

This Barn owl made a 5 minute visit to the meadow Post, relaxed enough for an impossible looking preen (the bird is standing facing right reaching down with the beak to the bottom of the back).


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