Blakehill Nature Reserve features in a guide put together by the Wildlife Trust of great places to see raptors in the UK. Blakehill Nature Reserve is just a 10 minute drive from the Lower Mill Estate. Short-eared owls are often seen hunting over the meadow. Short-eared owls are unlike many other owls in that they can often be seen hunting during the day. Their very good sight and hearing is good enough to locate a small mammal in the undergrowths. This amazing photo was taken by local wildlife photographer Dave Soons.
Huge congratulations to Dave Soons, local wildlife photographer whose photo of a short eared owl flying in the Cotswolds was BBC Earth's photo of the day yesterday. Dave told BBC Earth, “It rained most of the day. The owls decided to come out when the sun came out, and luck have it the wind was blowing from behind me, it meant the owls were hunting face forward for once.”
Short eared owls have great eyesight even in low light conditions and have hearing keen enough to pinpoint small mammals in the undergrowth. Unlike other owls they hunt during the day as well as at dusk. They can often be seen flying in the Cotswold Water Park.
Unlike many other owls, short-eared owls can often be seen hunting during the day as well as at dusk. They have very good sight and hearing which is good enough to locate a small mammal in the undergrowth. Short-eared owls are medium sized owls with mottled brown bodies, pale under-wings and yellow eyes. In winter there is a migration of short eared owls into England from Scandanavia, Russia and Iceland. There were sightings of Short-Eared Owls this weekend in Cotswold Water Park. This amazing photo was taken by local wildlife photographer Phil Cull – thank you for allowing me to share it Phil.