Barn owl 3

Barn owl 3

Our local barn owl plays a risky game, following the line of the road on his hunting path in the surrounding fields. Fortunately cars slow down for him, but headlights quickly lead to confusion for the poor barn owl - his mind still on prey rather than traffic. His graceful glide above the tarmac is punctuated by sudden changes of direction and plummeting to the kerbside to pounce on unsuspecting prey in the kerbside grass and leaf litter. The barn owl, once on his prey, secured by powerful talons, mantles his prey from competing birds, as if protecting it too from the gusts caused by passing, high-speed traffic. It's a sight I was privileged to witness just feet away, in silence and without disturbance to the owl.
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Barn owl 3

Our local barn owl plays a risky game, following the line of the road on his hunting path in the surrounding fields. Fortunately cars slow down for him, but headlights quickly lead to confusion for the poor barn owl - his mind still on prey rather than traffic. His graceful glide above the tarmac is punctuated by sudden changes of direction and plummeting to the kerbside to pounce on unsuspecting prey in the kerbside grass and leaf litter. The barn owl, once on his prey, secured by powerful talons, mantles his prey from competing birds, as if protecting it too from the gusts caused by passing, high-speed traffic. It's a sight I was privileged to witness just feet away, in silence and without disturbance to the owl.
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