Barn-owl bonanza

I dropped in on the RSPB reserve at Otmoor yesterday evening and, as ever, it was well worth it.

There were at least three barn owls hunting over the grassland of Moorleys, their beautiful golden and white markings standing out against the sombre vegetation.

Barn owl 1

Barn owl over Moorleys

 

Barn owl 2

Another view

Here is a (blurred) close-up showing the exquisite colours.

close up

 

When I looked north across Greenaways I saw another (and also two cranes against the far hedge, thanks to a birdwatcher who alerted me to them).

Barn owl 3

Greenaways with the owl a white speck in the centre against the far hedge

 

I walked round to the first hide, and in the failing light saw another barn owl on the far side of the lagoon (though not visible in the photo below).

Lagoon

The barn owl was over the reeds.

I think I probably saw six all together.  A lovely end to the day.

 

 

 

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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