I had to go up to my Mum's to take her in to hospital for a knee operation this last week. While I was up there I took the opportunity to drive to the nearby village of Hawling to look for wintering Short-eared Owls. Up to four have been seen at this farm this winter. I tried a couple of weeks ago, but it was too windy. Yesterday afternoon it wasn't windy but it was quite dull weather. Not ideal for sharp photography, but here are some shots I managed to take. My brother Adrian and I really enjoyed watching this particular individual for about an hour as it hunted over a grassy field.