Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Long-eared Owl in Cambridgeshire

I have never had the 'clearest' of views of a Long-eared Owl, not surprising really as they are famous for roosting in dense, thick shrubbery and staying stock still. This is probably the best views that I have had of this shy and secretive bird, only 15-20 metres from my vantage point, but always obscured, although some people who know of the site have been walking closer to try and achieve a clear view! Hopefully, this sort of idiotic behaviour will not disturb the bird.

A smaller owl than a lot of people realise, noticeably smaller than a Tawny Owl and about the same size as a Barn Owl. A bird that is pretty much nocturnal, although it can be crepuscular as well.