I've been filling in my garden pond, collecting rubble from a house about a quarter of a mile (400 metres) from my home. The house has its own large area of mature woodland and in chatting to the owner, she told me that she had been hearing owls very regularly and very vocally at close quarters, but never sees them. On Friday night I went down there and I'd only been there about fifteen minutes before the first Tawny Owl was heard - then another - and another. In the end we suspected that we were hearing five, but we saw three. I'd taken my Rhod Gilbert (a "million candlepower" torch - yes, that's what it says on the side!) with me and we used this a few times to pick out the owls so that she and two of her sons could see them. However, my attempts at photography were a complete failure apart from one rather poor image of a distant bird.
|Tawny Owl - near Ashby de la Zouch|
My thanks to the family for a very entertaining interlude.