Monday, 29 December 2008

Barn Owl

After a tip-off, I headed to Croston to watch a barn owl. I was rewarded by seeing it at close range: white wings quartering a field, frequently diving feet first. To me, a barn owl's wings are surprisingly long - who'd think that so much length could be so neatly stowed away?

Is it just me or do they seem very front-heavy, wedge-shaped almost? All wide face and eyes with feet tidily tucked in at the rear unless preparing to pounce. A terrifying sight if you're its prey - all eyes, beak, claws and stealth!

These photos are by David J Slater - follow the link in the side bar.


Crafty Green Poet said...

I'd love to see a barn owl, i agree with you they do seem front heavy when they fly, or at least in film they do...

The Weaver of Grass said...

I did a post about a barn owl the other day Carol. One has taken up residence in our neighbours barn - I am green with envy. We keep seeing him about - he is so beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

Glad to have discovered your blog.
I am also a little bit of a writer.......but wish I had more birds to report on.
All best wishes from New York.

Susan Richardson said...

Oh, I would love to see a barn owl too. Beautiful images to accompany your thoughts, by the way.

Mistlethrush said...

CGP - Hope you do see one. It's magic when you do....

Weaver - lucky you having one so close by. I'm sure you'll make the most of it.

Elizabeth - thanks for dropping in. Birding in the city is possible. In fact it can be very rewarding and surprising - but you do have to work at it.

Susan - Thanks. Hope you see one too.

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