Those who know me well will know of my obsession with Wildlife in our beautiful National Park.
Last year I managed some great shots of Barns Owls nesting in a tree within the National Park. I also know of many other pairs spread right across the North York Moors.
My good friend Nikki Orrell has been telling me about a Barn Owl that often visits a field near here home. However after numerous visits last year I never managed to see this one bird. With so many other pairs about I decided to focus on the others I knew of.
Today Nikki invited me up for coffee, and whilst there her partner shouted to tell me the Barn Owls (a pair) were currently feeding in the back field.
I assumed my presence would put them off, but I had a walk into the field anyway. Just as Nikki had told me, these Owls were not bothered by my presence at all. It would seem as though the birds are used to humans being around as the field is a popular spot for local walkers.
The Owl initially sat on a fence post about 100 Yards away and paid me no attention at all. Then I made a noise imitating a rodent in distress and the Owls head spun round instantly and locked onto me.
After making a second call to the owl, it set off to investigate what I was. The owl flew to within 20 or 30 yards of me before realising I wasn’t going to be his next meal. He then flew off further down the field to continue hunting with his partner. I left them in peace untill another day and headed home with these photographs.