Feb Day 12 Photo Challenge

Aim today is using the Sony 100-400mm film in video of the Owl on the new stump

Winds High so may not happen but I am here ready.

I am a day behind, call it age if you must. But after a day of accidents yesterday including falling into my hide and ripping all the ground supports out. Then loosing my phone getting a tree stump for the Barn Owl to land on. Then putting the stump in the ground I sliced my figure open and while doing it the Owl spotted me. I put it down to one of those days

Anyway I am back the hide is still standing and in strong winds so its getting a good test.

My observations of the Barn Owl are very interesting in that I was always told that the weather hinders her hunting skills. Rain wets her feathers so they stay from getting wet. Wind affects her hearing so its much harder to hear movement in the grass

Hunting through the day is a bad sign as it means their hungry. But saying that I see her catch voles in 40 mins at 2pm and still come out for more.

Then yesterday I sat here and I really thought of packing up and going home, but as the wind picked up and there was no way she would fly in this.

As I packed my gear she came out and tried her hardest to catch something but without success.

Being Ex army you get a feel for the ground and the natural environment. To my left of the hide is a banking about 25 feet tall. It has a ditch at the bottom of it and as you crouch down the wind is not strong at all.

So she comes along the field and heads for the ditch witch runs about 200 metres and she flys low towards my hide . Diving every so often for her kill.

I think its a Male but yesterday I spotted brown speckles on the breast which would suggest its a female.

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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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