Again, another early start and long drive ahead, farmyard in Suffolk this time was the destination. This time, I had been invited to a working farmyard with a home to a family of little owls, as it turned out, I had chosen what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far to sit in a hide 30+° !!!!
The main home to the owls complete with owlets, was in a log pile directly in front of my hide, covered by a tarpaulin, perfect hideout.
To my right was an old barn, I noticed, a number of times, one of the adults would fly into the barn in search of prey, the barn had its main door missing, looking across into it it was very dark with just the one post seen, setting camera to under exposing by two stops, I prefocused on the post, I waited, and wait for what seemed an age-
my prayers were answered, one of the adults flew into the barn to hunt, but for me, it took up residents on the post, and just seemed to pose for the camera as can be seen on the image.
With the sun now moving around behind me and the temperature increasing, life in te hide was getting increasingly unbearable, with some 5+litres of water having already been consumed, and also not being able to leave the hide for fear of spooking the birds.