What a hoot – gardener snaps owl on camera

An amazing photo of a barn owl hovering over the meadow in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAWES

An amazing photo of a barn owl hovering over the meadow in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAWES - Credit: Archant

A gardener frantically snapped this rare photo when a barn owl flew towards him.

Andrew frantically tried to snap a photo of the barn owl in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAWES

Andrew frantically tried to snap a photo of the barn owl in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAWES - Credit: Archant

Andrew Hawes was busy winter pruning in the meadows in Great Glemham when he became aware of a hovering barn owl.

He kept perfectly still by the shed door, but soon realised the owl, which is a hunting bird of prey, was flying towards him.

He said: “I was frantically trying to get my phone out of my pocket as I thought the owl was coming into the shed.

“Silently she made her final approach and snap, snap, snap, I got her – when I checked the images it was almost like she allowed me to take a photo of her at her work.”

The owl flew towards Andrew while he was inside a shed working in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAW

The owl flew towards Andrew while he was inside a shed working in Great Glemham. Picture: ANDREW HAWES - Credit: Archant


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According to Mr Hayes, hoo was trimming overgrown branches at first light, it’s not that often that you can see barn owls flying during day light.

He added: “Obviously the hunt for food was urgent, she must have known that the snow is imminent.

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“The barn owl is an awesome hunting bird of prey and one of my favourites thanks to mother nature.”

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