Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Barn owls

A few years ago I was told of the barn owls were nesting at Pulborough Brooks in a special box in the roof of the building. This was  my first encounter and photo's of this photogenic bird.
I was keen to see more and found this one near Selsey but alas it was my only siting. After several visits I never saw it again.
But not giving up that easily I scoured the countryside and was amazed how successful I was in the number of nest sites I found. Some were less than a mile from my home.
I became addicted to photographing barn owls and was out every afternoon and evening visiting local sites with my camera. They are a creature of habit and have favourite haunts so in fact you can just sit and wait for them to turn up.
Soon you become something that the owl gets used to and accepts you as the norm and will ignore you. I have had one that used to fly to me and sit on a post and watch me.
Low light photography seems to enhance the pictures.
 Because of their slow wing beat and movement through the air they become easy to get good action shots.
Will often sit and pose.
This was taken early evening just as the sun was setting.
Conditions and timing was the same for this shot.


  1. Stunning birds and a lovely set of photos Mike.

    1. Thanks Marc, I thought it might be a little more interesting than the pics. I am getting at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Phil, I'm hoping that I can get some up to date stuff in the next few weeks.

  3. Gorgeous birds and stunning photos Mike. We have tawnies that nest close by but I've not managed a decent photo!

    1. Learn their habits and you will soon get to know when and where to have your camera.


Mike Attwood - Photographer

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.