Ian says: About three weeks or so ago we mentioned to a good friend if he wanted a lift up to the ’Owls‘, to save on fuel we would pick him up. Due to all sorts of commitments on both sides, we took a chance with the weather forecast of ‘’cloudy until dinner then brightening up’’. We decided to go early as it is always good to watch wildlife as well as photograph it. To cut a long story short we had a maximum of 5 Barn Owls and a male Hen Harrier before 9.15am, then no birds until about 3.00pm. The only note worthy sighting was a quick view of a Stoat (almost 6 hours is along time standing about with not much to watch !) We only had about 30 minutes of good light but were rewarded with views and just a few pics - a couple each of both Barn and Short Eared Owls. This session at the Owls was by far the worst in terms of views and pics but that is wildlife watching for you - there are no guarantees with anything.
Pauline says: Ian and our friend went off to another viewpoint during the day and two of the barn owls did fly in front of them but the light was poor and dusky at that point. I remained resolutely in my favourite corner (which guys has worked up till now ….) but it didn’t work this time – hence the title ‘Owl Dipped Out’ as the barn owls stuck equally resolutely to the far side of field! We put this down to the fresh easterly ‘breeze’ whistling across …. Good and bad days – that’s what wildlife photography is all about!