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After quite a few trips over the last 6 months to try and catch sight of this Owl on Old Buckenham Country Park, I finally got some pictures of it yesterday evening. Friends who live close by told me that they had seen 2 Owls in the field next to them, so off I went again and got in position behind a tree next to the back fence of the field and set up my camera and camo net to make a makeshift hide. The field is a horse paddock that hasn't been used for a while so is a bit overgrown which makes a perfect home for short tailed voles, the staple diet of Barn Owls. As the evening drew on with light fading, suddenly I was aware of the familiar figure of a Barn Owl drifting in on the breeze, and then landing on a fence post on the far side.

   

Over the course of the next half an hour it went from post to post backwards and forwards across the field, coming quite close to me but unaware of my presence, (I was careful not click away too much to spook the Owl when it stopped near me), when its last rest place was a post only about 10m away, almost too close for my 500 lens! A privilege to watch one of these beautiful birds hunt from such close quarters

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