|The Owl Collection
|Winner of the 2003 Suffolk Wildlife Photography Competition
This Short-eared Owl dropped onto a prey item close to the road at Shingle
Street, Suffolk, and adopted this defensive "mantling" posture, staring
right through the camera lens with its penetrating yellow eyes
|Short-eared Owl fluffing out its
feathers in the late afternoon sunshine,
soaking up the remaining warmth of the
sun's rays in preparation for another
cold winter's night on the Suffolk coast
|The winter of 2002-2003 was good for owls in East Anglia, with high
numbers of Short-eared Owl in various locations.
Shingle Street on the Suffolk Coast hosted up to six birds, with Barn Owl
and Little Owl also present
|Barn Owl, backlit by the setting sun as
it hunts over the reedbed
|Barn Owl, Bawdsey, Suffolk
|There were two star attractions among the owls at Welney in early 2003. The first was this
very tame bird, which could be seen at close range by the roadside near the visitor centre.
|The second was a continental Dark-breasted Barn Owl, which roosted in the Welney reserve
visitor centre, where it was caught, ringed and released. It learnt its lesson and changed its
roost site, using a tastefully decorated local barn instead.
|The Dark-breasted Barn Owl stayed throughout March, often showing well as it hunted along the
bankside during the early morning and late afternoon.
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