E.J.Wilkins

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Barn Owl


Where is it?

This beautiful Barn Owl was with several other birds of prey in a display at a mediaeval event we went to late summer.

This little chap was perfectly happy, had just flown and wasn't in the least worried by the number of people who decided to take a closer look.

These pictures show it preening, sorting its feathers out after flying, but I though it looked almost as if it was searching for something or other - hence the title.

I hope you like Barn Owls, because this little chap is my subject for this week.
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Barn Owl


Where is it?

This beautiful Barn Owl was with several other birds of prey in a display at a mediaeval event we went to late summer.

This little chap was perfectly happy, had just flown and wasn't in the least worried by the number of people who decided to take a closer look.

These pictures show it preening, sorting its feathers out after flying, but I though it looked almost as if it was searching for something or other - hence the title.

I hope you like Barn Owls, because this little chap is my subject for this week.
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comments (27)

Very nice sequence here Ellie. I've had one of those on my hand: they're as light as a feather..
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 6 Oct 2008, 00:31
He's catlike in his ability to twist around and preen.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Oct 2008, 00:46
Really like the sequence, Ellie.
I can see "preening", but can't quite make out "perfectly happy"...perhaps that characteristic will come out later in the series.
EJWilkins: Ah, well, (s)he wouldn't have been preening if unhappy with what's going on, it would have been agitated or trying to get away wink
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 6 Oct 2008, 01:07
Lovely sequence of shots Ellie. Beautifully captured.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 01:37
What a great way to present him to us, Ellie. A handsome chap indeed!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Oct 2008, 02:02
I now like barn owl. Who can resist such an introduction?
Shy comes to mind ...(joking)
Looks as if it's going to be a good series.
richard
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Oct 2008, 07:19
Beautiful series of pictures, I was last summer on such a place too where they had owls, a new world opened to me, they are the most beautiful birds, I love the 'hunters' don't ask me why....
A very nice series put together, Ellie.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 08:14
I also saw one at an event over the summer and was fascinated by it. Looking forward to the other shots!
EJWilkins: It was a treat, and a surprise too because the "event" was free of charge so I hadn't expected a lot, but it was brilliant.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 08:27
He looks as though he's a bit camera-shy! Barn owls are such beautiful birds - I was lucky enough last year to see one flying through an abandoned barn I was photographing, but wasn't quick enough to get it on camera.
Ingrid
I do like barn owls, so I'm looking forward to more of this!
EJWilkins: Yikes, I hope you aren't disappointed
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 10:03
wonderful sequence Ellie, he looks so busy and gets himself in to so many interesting positions, I bet you had a hard time choosing which shots to use.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Oct 2008, 10:38
It cares about it's appearance.
great collage
Yes, Ellie, I like barn owls and look forward to more shots of him, especially his face. You were luck to catch him preening like this.
EJWilkins: Fingers crossed you'll be happy with what you see
S/He's a beautiful bird. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week.
A nice series Ellie.
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 6 Oct 2008, 15:18
Wonderful sequence. They are such beautiful birds. Looking forward to the next images smile
Nicely put together series in one picture Ellie, I look forward to what is to come.
they are such interesting little characters--hopefully this week he'll look over at you ;o) Nice detail in all the shots.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2008, 18:58
He's lost the house key Ellie. cool set of images. mal
  • Alan
  • Back home, Post Vacational Depression setting in
  • 6 Oct 2008, 20:29
Hheheeh.. looks headless! He does seem at ease with his situation, I must say. I look forward to the rest of the series.
This was a very successful series of shooting, I suspect that the predatory bird was a little shy .... when he hides his headsmile
Wonderfully photographed Ellie!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Oct 2008, 22:45
You almost have the backgrounds lined up in this collage. Great stuff and I hope it has fond what it is looking for - imagine, the owl has lost its rat.
EJWilkins: Ah, I gave it up as a lost cause, they weren't going to line up without too much effort.
I think it would have had to have been a very small rat!
The bird without head! I say as you in another commentary, these owls and hawks are typical in the medieval markets, in addition you have remembered to me that I have a good picture of one of them who I am going to raise within the medieval series!
A great montage : Bravo !

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