Photographing Barn Owls at Oxwich Bay NNR

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I’ve had quite a few sightings recently of Barn Owls around Gower. One came within 3 metres of me when I was walking along the edge of a woodland. Typically all my sightings were either long distance or when it was too dark to make some images. I have spent quite a bit of time in the hide at Oxwich NNR trying to sound record the wildfowl at this time of year, especially the Little Grebes, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a Barn Owl hunting in front of the hide and just about within range of my camera. It was quite dark, so with ISO1600 set and a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, I thought I would gve it a go. Most of the images were rubbish, but about three are useable, the best of which is above. It is not a prize winner in any shape or form, but it is my first of a Barn Owl on Gower so it means a lot to me, especially as the days I had all the photo gear to hand it didn’t appear and I was using what was in my sound recording bag.

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When I left the hide another Barn Owl flew past me, heading out over the dunes. No chance of any photos as it was finally getting too dark for me to make photographs, but nice to see that there was more than one Barn owl about. Now I just need to to see them when out and about with the telephoto lens and coming close enough for a few pictures.

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  1. Jez August 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    Nice to know there are Barn Owls out there; never seen one on Gower myself. Nicely captured, and well positioned in the frame.

  2. Nick August 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi Jeremy,
    This year I have seen a few barn owls at different times in Gower. One evening at dusk, one flew within 10 feet of me while I was in the border of a woodland. One of my best wildlife experiences in Gower.


  3. grayham February 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    I live in pennard,is it worthwhile utting up a nest box for barn owls?

  4. Nick February 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Hi Grayham,
    Barn Owls like non farmed, open grassland with long grass to hunt over. I don’t know if there is enough of this around Pennard to get Barn Owls in the area. If you do put a Barn Owl box up, you may get Tawny Owls nesting instead.
    Whichever Owl you get nesting, I’m sure they will appreciate the nest box.

    Best wishes,

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