My first sightings of Wild Barn Owls
Even though I have been doing photography for relatively short while, I have had a goal of photographing Wild Barn Owls for a while. I have visited one location that I know about in Essex for a few years, and have never had any success. Living in London, seeing Wild Barn Owls is not easy.
I have been fortunate in being able to go to a location I know of in the Fens where the Wild Barn Owls are showing quite well. On 2 visits to the Fens in Cambridgeshire, I have been able to photograph a Wild Barn Owl. This for me is an amzing experience to see the Barn Owl hunt on its own accord.
Barn Owls are inheritantly nocturnal and will hunt at night time, or during periods of low light. They will, from time to time, hunt during the day is when there has been a period of rain which would normally prevent them from hunting.
Barn Owls rely on field voles, which make up to 60% of their diet. They do hunt for other food, such as mice, and small rats, to name a couple. More information about Barn Owls can be found on the Barn Owl Trust website.
For me, the challenge is complex, ranging from technical to compositional. Some factors I have to take into account including lighting conditions as well as distance.
I aim to photograph these Owls with the following goals in mind.
- Backlit wings and sufficient details in the rest of the body.
- Slow Shutter Speed.
- In Flight.
- With a Prey (either in flight or on the ground).
- Interaction with other subject wildlife.
Some of my goals have been achieved on my first 2 visits, and I hope I will be able to accomplish them all over time.