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And now for something a little bit different!

Brian went on an owl photography workshop at the British Wildlife Centre in Sussex.  Brian has always had a fascination with owls so spending a day with them was an opportunity not to be missed.  Another advantage was that the workshop was run by Andy Rouse who is one of the top wildlife photographers in the world and somebody whose work Brian has always admired.

The weather was dry but really cold, about -2o which isn’t nice when you are outside for about 7 hours!!  The owls weren’t too happy about coming out of their warm cages but once they were given a couple of mice they seemed to be happy to pose for the cameras.

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

Little owl

Little owl

Tawny owl

Tawny owl

Long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

We had about 45 minutes with each owl and they were positioned in various places where that species of owl has actually been seen roosting.

Barn owl flying

Barn owl flying

 

 

 

Towards the end of the day a barn owl was brought out and allowed to fly so that we could all take really bad photos of the bird in flight.  Real respect to the professional wildlife photographers who come up with pin sharp images.  This is the best I could manage.

 

Barn owl

Barn owl

 

 

Once the barn owl was tired out it was allowed to have a rest on a gate and again we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

All in all it was a fantastic day if a bit cold.  So did Brian learn anything?  He certainly did – brides are harder to photograph than controlled birds, even when they are flying 🙂

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