Barn owl (Tyto alba)

​The winters of 2010 and 2011 saw a big decrease in the Barn owl population in our area in the Cotswolds. Just as I started taking wildlife photography seriously there were suddenly no Owls around! It has been a pleasure over the winter of 2012 and spring of 2013 to gradually find some surviving pairs and see them returning slowly to haunt the local fields and moors . In August 2015  I was delighted to be able to watch a family of three young owlets succesfully fledge from a local barn. More recently (summer 2018) I have been lucky enough to find a local pair of owls who can be very happy to perform close by over the stunning Cotswold summer meadows. In the winter 2020 / 2021, despite another bad breeding season, there seem to be a good number of adults in my local area of the Cotswolds, fingers crossed for a better summer for these enigmatic birds.
Barn owl_close  fly by
Barn owl_close fly by

Barn owl, Tyto alba, on the wing at dusk in the Cotswolds, UK.

Barn owl (Tyto alba)
Barn owl (Tyto alba)

Posing in winter sunshine a wild barn owl hunting in daylight.

Barn owl and ruined oak
Barn owl and ruined oak
Eye contact
Eye contact

Heading right towards me, a beautiful male barn owl in golden evening sunlight.

Barn owl (Tyto alba)
Barn owl (Tyto alba)

Hanging in the air like a dancer the barn owl poised for the kill

Barn owl watching in old oak tree
Barn owl watching in old oak tree
Diver down.
Diver down.

Stunning barn owl turns for a dive in summer meadows.

Incoming Barn owl
Incoming Barn owl
Eye contact
Eye contact