3rd May 2016

Barn Owls continued– Our most widely distributed Owls, they are recovering since the devastating impact of DDT sprays in the 1950’s and 60’s but to be sure, the Barn Owl Trust wants anyone who sees one to record it on their (very easy) sightings site. Barn Owls have many adaptations to improve huntinglarger wings and a lighter body means they can fly more slowly and even stall, and hover over prey. Extra soft feathers, and hooks on their leading wing-feathers deadens their sound. Asymmetrical ear-placings, with one higher than the other, means they can locate prey very accurately by hearing alone, even catching Voles etc on the darkest night. Exceptionally long legs and talons means they can catch and kill prey in their talons aloneIMG_9359IMG_9429IMG_9368IMG_8610IMG_8612. Some of these photos are in very low light, so blurred, but show their astonishing manoeuvrability. Conditions: More sun and warmth, with some showers. Temperature: Max 12- Min 6c.

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