Yesterday as I was stood on the bridge photographing and watching the Barn Owl hunting, waiting for Mr.Z to turn up.
(Gutted these three were a bit soft but 'bankers' with room for improvement)
The Owl was busy both hunting and trying to avoid the ambushing Kestrel on the way back to it's nest. Now the next two images really had me wondering if I should post them a: they're crap b: kind of gives the location away c: I didn't want to mock the individual who posed the funniest question I've heard whilst birding. However I figured firstly a lot of local birders know already and more eyes watching it and hopefully not disturbing it means no more repeated incidents of idiots with air riffles. Secondly it shows exactly how bold this individual is plus if it felt threatened by people it has a massive area away from people in which to hunt, which it did to me yesterday when I took these, regular readers of this blog will remember this location it's where I found the migrating Redstart last Autumn. Exactly the same spot. Those who haven't read my blog the railway line runs vintage trains at the weekends so there's no real threat from trains unlike the 'other' Barn Owl that I found. So if you fancy visiting for a Barn Owl please do, however stay off the railway line and stay away from the nest
Just pick a spot and wait, I mean check this out (crap image but for illustration purposes) which brings me to the funniest question posed by the woman on the right. The Barn Owl flew past within inches of her face. She joined me on the bridge and asked "have you photographed anything interesting", so I said "yeah the Barn Owl that just flew past you". She looked bemused and excited "I've never seen a Barn Owl before just on TV" so I passed her my binoculars and pointed it out as it was to far away to photograph. She was pleased and I could tell she was excited and when she asked how close it was to her I showed her the image, "I think I need glasses" she chuckled. I couldn't help laughing, sorry but I couldn't, more because of her own mocking humour at her missing it then anything else. She spotted a Song Thrush had a chat and I told her I would publish the image and she just chuckled "I deserve that", she left after another flyby and thanked me for letting her use the binoculars. Bless her.