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Ghost In The Grasslands

Ghost In The Grasslands

Ghost In The Grasslands

It’s been really hard to pick an entry for the Fotospeed challenge this week! I keep being drawn back to this distant shot of the barn owl at Papercourt Meadows from late on Friday. Having got stuck in traffic I only arrived at the meadows at sunset. There was just enough light to still watch the barn owl hunting in the grasses. Too dark for flight images but he popped up onto the fence post close to the River Wey that runs through the meadow. There’s lots of context in this image though. Sometimes you can tell the story of your subject better by showing the environment in which it lives.

Barn Owl in Papercourt Meadows

This land is managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust and is a local haven for barn, short-eared and tawny owls. It was great fun staying to watch beyond the sunset. Although the light was too low for any more photography, the wildlife really came alive! I stood with another lady watching the deer suddenly start bounding and bouncing around the next field with all the joys of Spring in them! We were laughing in delight at their antics. They reminded me of my two cats having a funny five minutes at 3am! So lovely listening to the tawnys calling to one another and seeing the silhouettes of birds in low flight. Pheasants can glide quite some distance!

15 comments on “Ghost In The Grasslands

    • Thanks Adrian 😊 The first one was the one I loved most for the storytelling of the composition. I think it’s actually the most “liked” image I’ve ever shared on Twitter! So glad that everyone has loved it for all the right reasons 😊

    • Hey Paul! Was good to meet you today 😁 Shots of the SEO weren’t great but nice to have a record of the sighting. Thanks so much 😊 I love creating and just being able to share the things that inspire me! We are lucky to have so much beautiful nature in our little patch 😊

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