Barn owl hunting

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.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to Barn owl hunting

  1. Ms S says:

    I was highly interested in your blog post. Watching your many videos, I was intrigued and enjoyed your gleeful text. I loved your description and I’ll be sure to follow you within your many blog posts to come!

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  2. tom says:

    I really like your description of the barn owl as a ‘white ghost’. Vert fitting!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sue says:

    Great video captures of the barn owl. I could watch them all day.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What a beautiful encounter. I would have loved to have seen that.

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