It had been a long time since I had seen a barn owl so it was a nice surprise to find a hunting barn owl during my recent travels. I was travelling the back roads and quiet lanes in the Pilling and Cockerham area. The barn owl was very active and it was a challenge to follow and anticipate where it might perch in between flights.
I was quite pleased with my efforts the best of which are shown below. The weather recently has been awful with very dull conditions and very cold as well. I was lucky with the lighting on the day below and the barn owl was also taking advantage of the dry and bright conditions.
I will definitely be back to see the owl again but meantime am confined to barracks as it has once again turned very wintry. Thanks for looking in and lets hope for a happy and healthy New Year.
I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats - natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment - as you do!!
I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain.
I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!