Half an hour later I was starting to shiver! so having not seen much, I thought i'd warm up a bit by walking over to the tree nursery and waiting to see if the BARN OWL would come out to hunt. Whilst waiting, I got talking to the workcrew there, who told me they had seen it about whilst they were working. As we parted company, the Barn owl flew from it's roost and perched on a fence post, it was a bit far to photograph, but I did so anyway, my fingers were now, beyond cold and were throbbing with pain. The owl flew off up the hedgerow, and i watched it hunt for a few minutes, before i just got too cold. I left the tree nursery, climbed over the style into Ashes lane, and looked across the field where the polytunnels had been last summer, and there was the owl again! quartering the old raspberry canes, and coarse grass growing around them. So out came the camera, but I couldn't hold it still, my hands were so cold, and my head was moving around with my shivering, so i just pointed the camera and kept shooting, I got lots of crappy photo's and a couple of less crappy ones!
I was bloody cold, but it was worth it, to see the barn Owl, the best ever prolonged views I've ever had of one!
Below: The moon was the only thing in the sky over migrant alley that got my attention!
Below: One of a dozen or so Lapwing that were finding enough to eat on the stubbles
Below: a Yellowhammer in the hedgerow that divides Migrant Alley from the Greenhouses.
Last of all, some pics of the barn Owl, not very good, but I was freezing! Also I'd left the ISO on 1600, so most of the pics came out over exposed, a pity as they were the ones that I got as it crossed the late evening sunshine!