Barn Owl (Tyto alba) by Phil Thorogood Via Flickr: The conversion to mono adds to the atmosphere of the environment, The night hunter ready to quarter his territory, listening for that tell tale sound in the grass.
It’s such a privilege to sit and watch these magnificent birds hunting.
(Via: British Bird Lovers) “A kestrel and a barn owl had a spectacular mid-air fight as one tried to steal the other’s lunch. The adult owl had successfully caught a vole and was flying off to enjoy its hunt when the kestrel launched its frenzied attack to get the food. Alan Wennington captured the action while photographing the barn owl at Cresswell on the Northumberland coast.”
The barn owl is nocturnal over most of its range but in Britain and some Pacific islands, it also hunts by day. Barn owls specialise in hunting animals on the ground and nearly all of their food consists of small mammals which they locate by sound, their hearing being very acute. They mate for life unless one of the pair gets killed.
Barn owls have a superb sense of hearing, which is is partially due to the arrangement of their ears. The left ear is higher and points slightly downward while the right points slightly upward. This helps them use both the horizontal and vertical planes for precise prey location.
Hi my name is Steve i live in Suffolk UK, i enjoy the outdoor life visiting local reserves taking my Canon 5D mk11 fitted with 100/400 zoom lens with me most times, I have been fortunate by having Barn Owls hunting around the surrounding fields where i live and enjoy watching them through my lens. I have a Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/59755707@N08/ where i show most of my photos many thanks to all who view and happy snapping !