The one animal that I love to see in the wild is owls. They are very hard to see because they mostly fly at dusk and dawn, and there are a couple in the village, although I've never seen them. They are five different types of UK owls and they are, short-eared owl, barn owl, long-eared owl, tawny owl and the little owl. I have seen owls in zoos and in falconries many times but I have only seen them in the wild a few times.
Earlier this week dad was driving along a big moor after checking my pine marten trail camera, when he caught sight of something light flying at the edge of the moor on the side of a hill. Dad parked up and took out his binoculars and his camera with the biggest lens he had, and walked across the moor and down the hill to see what was happening. What he saw amazed him !
Almost as soon as he got over the brow of the hill, he saw not one, but two owls ! He could hardly see what was happening because the owls were still quarter-of-a-mile away. The owl's markings were very similar, and it's taken me a while to figure out who was attacking who from carefully going through the photos. I've called them Whitewing (who has a lighter underside to the wing) and Darkwing (who is slightly greyer). I'll explain what type of owls they are later on.
Out of nowhere, further down the hill, the two owls came face to face, wings out wide, and claws out ! Here Whitewing is facing towards the camera, attacking Darkwing:
See that feather is still in the next picture ? That's because these frames all happened within a few seconds of each other. Darkwing pulls itself down to face Whitewing, who is still falling. The attacker was now on the run !
By the time Whitewing (on the right) gets its wings straightened again Darkwing is ready to go back in for another attack: (and see the feather again)
Darkwing's claws are ready for the attack, and Whitewing lets itself fall under them:
Whitewing swoops down to land on the ground, and Darkwing soon followed it:
Did that seem to go quickly ? That bit of the fight between the two owls was over in just two seconds !
But there was more ! A few seconds after that the two owls started fighting again further down the hill. Here Darkwing is attacking from higher up:
So what type of owls were they ?
@jakesbones I think both of these owls look like short-eared owls, Jake!
— WildlifeKate (@katemacrae) February 28, 2014
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