Just after sunset we left the house to go badger watching.
On social media many people are reporting they are seeing their badgers now appearing in daylight.
The moment we stepped in to the field we were distracted by a barn owl hunting.
While watching the barn owl quartering the field, for nearly an hour, all thoughts of the badgers left.
The white ghost swooped up and down over the meadow, scanning for prey. Its huge disc shaped face swaying from side to side as it searched the rough grass for small mammals.
After a few failed attempts at catching its food, the barn owl left, crossing the road and flying down towards the river.
As we walked home, we came across a badger, trotting along the fence line, but by this time it was well after dusk.