The Silent Hunter - MarcoPesaresi

For me Owls are birds which get your adrenaline rushing when you watch them, they have a unique quality unlike any other bird, they are birds that you can watch for hours and hours and never get tired of watching them as you never know if that next dive towards the earth is going to reap a reward for its hard work.

The first thing that you notice about the Barn Owls is their sound or lack of, as they fly there is no sound at all, every time one of these birds fly past you still always expect to hear that beating wing but there is just silence.

The facial disc of this bird acts as a radar dish or a reflector channelling sounds into the ears, a cue as to which direction the sound is coming from is determined by the time required for the sound to reach each ear, also the intensity of the sound perceived by each ear is another cue to locate the destination of the sound, simply put  they are superb predators.

These first few shots show how beautiful these Owls are, this Owl headed straight towards me before veering off to the side and continued to hunt.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
Barn Owl  (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
Barn OwL  (Tyto alba)

This was a farmers field that had been turned over to nature and as a result the habitat was perfect, lots of long grass and plenty voles, this next sequence of shots show a Barn Owl hunting and honing in on its prey.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
Barn Owl  (Tyto alba)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
11. Barn Owl
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Canon 1D MkIV – 700mm
12. Barn Owl
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