Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Short-eared Owl with prey

An early start led to a superb encounter with this gorgeous owl, The day
started with me scraping the ice off the car at 06.00, it was -6 degrees
and I was beginning to have second thoughts about making the trip as my
hands were freezing, but after a little griping I was off and on my way.

I arrived on site at about 08.00 and was pleased to find a slight increase
in temperature, it was only -5 degrees, but all you could see were copious
amounts of freezing fog, which doesn't make for ideal conditions for
photography, but I decided to stick it out and waited to see if any owls
came out early. After waiting for over an hour and a half this gorgeous
Short-eared Owl came within range and I managed a few shots.

I am very pleased with the shots, especially the ones of the owl eating
the vole, I know a guy who's been waiting for over 3 years to bag a shot
of a Shortie with a vole, so it just goes to show that an early start might pay
off after all.

Until next time, thanks for dropping by.



  1. Superb action - well worth freezing for. Nice one!

  2. Bet you're pleased you went Andy. Superb shots - is it where I think it is ?
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  3. Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated :)

    Yes, it's where you think it is, with the cold snap the owls are up and about earlier than normal.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Nick.

  4. A fine reward for your effort and patience, Andy. Stunning photography. Doesn't the frost make life worth living! My favourite time of year.