Lots of my owl pictures are taken with captive owls, set up to look as natural as possible and used for education - this is my captive owl  Misty in ‘hunting mode’

Barn Owl

One of my favourite pictures of my barn owl and used for a commercial catalogue cover.

Barn Owl

Another ‘hunting’ shot. Barn owls often hunt from posts in fields and fences - it saves a lot of energy.

Barn Owl

Barn owl at sunset - the orange glow from the sun adds lots of colour to this picture.

Barn Owl

A silhouette shot taken at sunset.

Barn Owl

This picture was taken on a photoshoot in the Forest of Dean

Barn Owl

This is also my barn owl. She was actually flying on a line but the picture has been minupulated to erase the line.

Barn Owl

An autumnal photo of the barn owl.

Barn Owl

This was a set up shot that to illustrate the way that barn owls use their hearing to catch prey

Barn Owl

One of my favourite pictures of the barn owl sitting on a rotted fence post .

Barn Owl

Barn owls often nest in haystacks and farmers can sometime inadvertently smash the eggs when moving the bales.

Barn Owl

This picture of my owl Misty shows how long the wings are on a barn owl - they have a very light wing loading.

Barn Owl

There are many sub-species of barn owl around the world like this ‘black’ variety.

Barn Owl

Barn owls are ‘hearing’ owls and the round facial disc is a very valuable tool to hear and locate their prey.

Barn Owl

Barn owl at sunset showing the beautiful colours of the feathers.

Barn Owl

Owls can swallow their prey whole and it goes straight into the stomach where it is digested and the undigestable remains are regurgitated as a pellet.

Barn Owl

It is thought that the feathers on the owls face are sensitive and one use is to help it to determine whether food is fresh.

Barn Owl

A  barn owl dives to catch prey - this picture was actually taken in my owls aviary as it dived for a dead chick.

Barn Owl

The wings of a barn owl are stunning.

Barn Owl

Another favourite photograph of a barn owl hunting from a post on a field edge.

Barn Owl

The yellow from the oilseed rape gives lovely colour to this image.

Barn Owl

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A nother sunset picture with beautiful colours.

Barn Owl

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A  barn owl looks out from its tree hollow.

Barn Owl

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Barn owl fledglings have a tough time ahead of them and only 15% will survive the first winter on average.

Barn Owl

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Another silhouette shot taken on a beautiful sunset .

Barn Owl

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Barn owls often nest in tree hollows where they can hide away during the day and emerge at dusk to hunt.

Barn Owl

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A barn owl sits on a log on a frosty winters morning.

Barn Owl

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The beak of the barn owl is actually very large, extremely powerful and as sharp as a pair of wire cutters - ideal for tearing the flesh of prey.

Barn Owl

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This barn owl is performing a threat display - they do this as a defence mechanism if threatened.

Barn Owl

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This young barn owl was photographed post hunting by the side of a road in Norfolk.

Barn Owl

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I have used this picture many times to illustrate that a barn owl chick on the ground is a vulnerable chick that needs help.

Barn Owl

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A close up shot of the barn owls eye - special feathers on the facial disc feed sound into the ears on each side of the face.

Barn Owl

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This photograph gives you an idea of just how small little owls are - the tap is the size of a sink tap!

Little Owl

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The little owl usually sees you before you see it.

Little Owl

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Little owls are often found living in or near untidy farmyards.

Little Owl

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Little owls eat a lot of invertebrates and spend a lot of time on the ground chasing beetles and grasshoppers.

Little Owl

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This little owl was living in a disused cow shed with a damaged roof - a good viewpoint to keep an eye out for any threats.

Little Owl

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This picture was taken to illustrate how long-eared owls use nesting baskets for breeding. The leylandii tree gives away the fact it is a set-up shot in my garden!

Long-eared Owl

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A beautiful long-eared owl sits on a post on a chilly winters morning.

Long-eared Owl

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Long-eared owls are typically nocturnal birds and seldom seen out in the open during the day.

Long-eared Owl

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This picture of my long-eared owl on a photo day ws taken just before we were chased out of the bluebell-carpeted woodland by the owner!

Long-eared Owl

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Long-eared owls are secretive owls and very difficult to locate.

Long-eared Owl

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The facial disc of the long-eared owl increases the sound from prey and combined with large ear openings give the owl superb hearing.

Long-eared Owl

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A long-eared owl sits in a coniferous woodland at sundown.

Long-eared Owl

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I is unusual for a barn owl of this age to be out of the nest..... but this was one of the few pictures I took of my captive barn owl when she was a chick!

Barn Owl

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The barn owl is a beautiful bird and they are very popular with the public - from this picture you can see why.

Barn Owl

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Graveyards are full of knooks and crannies where small mammals can live so they are good hunting grounds for barn owls.

Barn Owl

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This shot was taken just as my barn owl re-gurgitated a pellet and is a useful picture when discussing the subject of pellets.

Barn Owl

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A long-eared owl sits on a stump looking over clearfell .

Long-eared Owl

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The ear tufts on the long-eared owl are actually feathers and are used for communication and camoflauge.

Long-eared Owl

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Long-eared owls have stunning plumage that allows them to melt away in amongst the leaves and branches of trees.

Long-eared Owl

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Although nest sites are usually dis-used crows nests, sometimes long-eared owls will nest on the ground.

Long-eared Owl

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Long-eared owls roost up in the daytime, keeping out of sight of other birds and humans.

Long-eared Owl

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Nest site s normally a dis-used crows nest.

Long-eared Owl

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Orange eyes give a clue that this species is a crepuscular owl - ie. active at dawn and dusk.

Long-eared Owl

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The cryptic plumage and ear tufts to break up the outlie give the long-eared owl superb camoflauge

Long-eared Owl

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A long-eared owl sits on a branch in a conifer woodland.

Long-eared Owl

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Long-eared owls are surprsingly small birds.

Long-eared Owl

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The great grey owl is related to the tawny owl - but its thick plumage and large facial disc are adaptations to living and hunting in arctic environments.

Great Grey Owl

This bird is turnng its head in response to me mimicking its calls - a useful technique for a quirky photograph!

Great Grey Owl

The ural owl is also related to tawny owls and in Scandinavia it is know as ‘the attack owl’. For good reason as females are very aggresive at the nest.

Ural Owl

The ural owl has to be one of the prettiest owls.

Ural Owl

The great grey owl is a Scandinavian species which has a huge facial disc and the ability to hear small mammals beneath thick snow

Great Grey Owl

These pictures of a great grey were taken of a captive owl on a snowy photography shoot in Wales!

Great Grey Owl

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