A northern hawk owl and its prey
Yesterday’s mission was to find and catch a glimpse of the hawk owl that was reported seen in the area. After two kilometers walk we reached the old barn where the owl was last seen, and we decided to give it two hours to appear.
It didn’t take long, though, until it swept down from the blue sky and landed on the roof ridge.
Gazing and preening in the sun for about half an hour, then it suddenly made a head-first dive down into the rough grass and disappeared.
Slowly and cautiously, we approached the place where it had landed. The owl lay still, half hidden in the grass and didn’t seem to notice our presence until the camera began clicking.
The sound was obviously annoying and after less than a minute it got tired of the photographer interfering with its meal, and took off with the prey in its claws, probably a mouse or a vole.