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Barn Owl.

By Brilane
These pictures were taken, a couple of weeks ago, during my stay at the Old Park Hotel on the Isle of Wight. The hotel had laid on a 'birds of prey' demonstration, in the hotels' extensive grounds, by two of the local falconers. We were allowed to closely approach the less ferocious birds, and I had the experience, just after I had taken these pictures, of carrying this Barn Owl on my, gloved, forearm.
We were not allowed to touch the more ferocious birds, as it was explained by the senior falconer that, previously, his assistant had a large piece of flesh torn from the side of his nose, when he had accidentally put his face too close to one of the birds, a Turkey Vulture, which had displayed during this display, not, I hasten to add, it's nose nipping habit. Grin

Thanks for looking, I hope that you like the pictures.

I apologize that there is no second version, as after I click to upload a version and it tells me that I can select the version when the 'choose photo' button appears, no such button appears. (Par for the course???)

Tags: General Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: morpheus1955, taggart, Badgerfred and 21 more

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
20 Jul 2012 9:33PM
I always wished to hold one off these as thry remind me of a kitten-- lucky you! and a lovely image!

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20 Jul 2012 9:43PM
A super capture Brian, excellent detail,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 10:57PM
Lovely capture Brian.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
21 Jul 2012 12:37AM
This is stunning Brian. - gary
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
21 Jul 2012 5:34AM
A beautiful bird, Brian, and so well captured, excellent detail in his plumage. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2012 8:17AM
Beautifully taken. But I'm seriously worried about Jennn's kittens!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
21 Jul 2012 3:24PM
A fine shot Brian,
but I will stick to having my sisters budgie on my hand !!
xwang 9 56 8
21 Jul 2012 6:45PM
Beautifully taken, Brian. The colour and detail are wonderful.. Oh.. the story... sorry but funny..
Keep well, Brian. Looking forward to seeing your next uploading.Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 1:05AM
A wonderful shot with super detail!
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 8:54PM
Great detail and what a character.

28 Aug 2012 11:30AM
Hi Grandad! I really like this photo, the owl is so cute Wink x

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