|BARN OWL (TYTO ALBA), A FLY PAST.|
So Sunday was going to be my birding day this week, the weather was promising and I had a plan, normally a fatal mistake, making a plan normally ends up with complete failure. The plan was to go for a walk, avoid nature reserves and the hides (not popular person at the moment...TRUTH HURTS) and get some Barn Owl images.
|BARN OWL (TYTO ALBA), A LOVELY SIGHT TO WATCH|
The Owl isn't new it's been there for a few years now, but due to the length of walk and the possibility of not getting shots of the bird close enough etc it's often been ignored for easier Owls to photograph. It was just starting to get light and the Owl was already out hunting so I picked a spot best suited for the increasing sunlight, and waited.
I didn't have to wait long, the Barn Owl at first flying past me reasonably high, glancing at me, I resisted taking any images at this point and waited for it to settle back down, it didn't take long, it perched on a post, still looking at me, it flew up and past me (took the top image at this point) again and carried on hunting. I had the company of this Owl for about three hours and in that time saw no-one, bliss. A lot of the time the Owl was hunting a bit too far away for any images but got great view through the binoculars, I managed about 30 images, most I'm not happy with. During that time I saw the bird dive down 17 times, and only once come up with prey in it's talon. The fields are seriously soaked from the rain, so I think it's going to struggle for food, unless things improve. I think in the second and third images some Northants birders might recognise the wooden "lamp post".....
The Kingfisher? It showed exactly where the angler said it had been seen, I was to busy photographing the Barn Owl and on my walk back to the car I didn't see the Kingfisher. I watched from a very distant vantage point, the Kingfisher hovering loads of times and diving into the lake. Typical, but to be fair I'm going to have to dust down the old "dome" hide to get any decent images, which might also come in handy for this particular Barn Owl.
|BARN OWL (TYTO ALBA), NOT HAPPY WITH THIS IMAGE|