Barn Owls are offered special protection from disturbance under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, making it an offence to disturb them at the nest site without a Licence, furthermore a Schedule 1 licence is also needed to photograph them at the nest. I was therefore rather pleased when Roy Rimmer let me know that a friend of his was breeding barn owl and that there would be an opportunity photograph an adult and chicks on Friday 11 August. As these were captive bred birds, there was no requirement for Schedule 1 licence. I spent around 90 minutes photographing the adult male and two chicks that were about 4 weeks old - the age at which the young would leave the nest and clamber around the nest area. A great afternoon's photography.
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