A phone call late yesterday afternoon from one of my "farmer friends" had me in a bit of a panic, what was I to do? It had just gone 5.00pm and I was due to pick up Daz at 6.15pm as we were off to watch the mighty Leicester City FC play Charlton Athletic, we lost 2-1 so enough said about that!
My farmer friend was quite excited as he had seen a Barn Owl flying around in one of his fields and it wasn't far from one of my boxes! I calculated that the 10 minute journey each way would leave me around half and hour at the site before I'd have to leave to pick up Daz, so off I went.
I was soon at the location and my friend was awaiting my arrival. We chatted away for a few minutes and I got the run down on recent events. The barn Owl had been sighted on several occasions during the last couple of weeks, mostly at dusk but on two occasions in the middle of the day!
There was a derelict building on the land and if I didn't know better surely that's where it must be day roosting? So I positioned my car in a good vantage point and waited for it to show, and it took all of five minutes before it appeared at the "pop hole". It was now 5.46pm and the light was absolutely woeful, so in order to capture a record shot I had to pump up the ISO to 1600 @ F2.8 and still I could only muster 1/100th of a second shutter speed, and if that wasn't tough enough it was hand held too!
The Barnie then moved around the building and settled on a few different perches.
Just as I was departing it took to the wing and I managed just the one shot of it in flight.
Absolute brilliant, yet another new Barnie site, that's 14 so far this year!!!!