Out this afternoon – a perfect clear winter’s day in Cumbria it was a joy to see barn owls out in force as the light faded and hunger goaded them into activity. What wonderful, utterly beautiful creatures they are, hunting low over the rushes before swooping down with enveloping wings over a possible prey. In silhouette they appear ridiculously owl – like, with an impossibly large head and flat face. Their colour is something else. Snow white with hints of raw sienna and deep black eyes. To see them, like this, is a reminder that all is not ill in the world.
Along with barn owls, we saw three roe deer, a kestrel, jays, a tawny owl and lots of other lovely birds – a cracking day.
Picture courtesy of RSPB