The White Angel

Fly my friend, away into the dark; moving silently, looking for a meal for your young owlets.

The rain has stopped and there is no wind, making the hunt ideal.

The long grass motionless except for Mr Vole getting ready for his 🌙 nighttime adventures.

Barn Owl Sony A7r4 200-600

The bad weather has made you hunt in the daylight – you make that sacrifice to raise your family.

The seagulls give chase, making your life even harder than it is already.

Rest now on the fence post; energy is critical so sit and wait for an easy meal.

Barn Owl resting Sony A7r4 200-600

The grass moves.

There is a sound from below.

You strike with precision and accuracy, talons pushed forward with eyes closed for a split second before the kill.

Before the kill

Hold it with your feet. Take to the air with your prize – one of 5000 that you need to raise your family.

Be quick – the sky is turning grey and the rain will be here soon. There is time for one more hunt.

Barn Owl Hunting

No time to waste.

You exit the barn and quarter the field back and forth, then hover with such grace using your heart shape disc to collect information, telling you where to strike.

Barn Owl hears a sound below

Like a dart, you tuck your soft feathered wings back and dive at speed; another meal for your family.

Up into flight, you return to the nest as the rain comes.

Written by

I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.


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