Sunday, 5 February 2012

Barn Owl Hill expands

So it is a year since we named a local spot Barn Owl Hill. Since then we have watched as two barns held nursing adults with young and then they fledged and now we wonder just how many are in the area.

How large an area will a single barn owl hunt? We've seen quite a few since January, 1st. Today we had to abandon the car because of snow and hike up B.O. hill then later, on our way back from Inn at Whitewell, we spied a beautiful Barn Owl hunting and slammed into a snowy bank.

Watched her/him hunt for a long while and as light failed managed to get a few shots off.

Pants shoots a hare whilst I shoot Pants!!

What a fab day. Worried a bit about taking Sunday off in lieu of Monday (have to work Monday this week) Sunday is full of other people (mine and Jean-Paul Sartre's hell!!)
Fortunately, lots of snow yesterday and fog this morning meant it was quiet and impassable over barn owl hill. We skidded the car into a snowy bank and set off on foot. It looked awesome up there (we could still see the fog in valleys though) Stopped again nearer to Whitewell and Pants went up above the lime kiln whilst I photographed his figure disappearing and then reemerging. As he cam into sight a hare sprang up in front of him and I got funny pics of him gearing up to snap the hare...
Gorgeous day.