Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Blacktoft Sands' Barn Owls

On a trip out to
Blacktoft Sands RSPB Nature Reserve near Goole on Sunday afternoon we stayed until dusk in hope of catching sight of Barn Owls. We'd enjoyed sightings during a previous visit to Blacktoft's Roostwatch event at the end of February and once again we weren't disappointed, spotting a total of four Barn Owls hunting over the reed beds. As the light began to fade, we were joined in the hide by a friendly reserve volunteer who helped us identify a couple of owls at a distance and offered helpful information about the reserve.

The Barn Owl settled in the reeds with its bounty for a good 15 minutes, here you can just about make out a Roe Deer to the left of the Barn Owl.

One of the last pics before the light faded away.

I notice that Blacktoft Sands have two Barn Owl evenings on the 20th & 21st May for anyone interested in seeing more of these beatiful birds. I'll follow up with the remaining sightings from earlier in the day once Ive gone through the pics.

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