Posted by: mynaturaldiary | September 10, 2016

Minerva’s menagerie

Castleton Show has many delights; stalls, displays, and a 6 mile road race (which your humble author takes part in every year). It also has a display of birds of prey, courtesy of Whitby Falconers. There amongst the ranks of birds are Minerva’s favourites; owls.

First, a Barn Owl.

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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Such beautiful markings along its back. I see these fairly regularly; hunting along the sides of fields, a ghostly white apparition.

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They like following a set hunting circuit, sweeping the fields for their prey.

The next bird I often hear, but rarely see.

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Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

Again, fabulously camouflaged, these birds hunker down in the daytime to avoid being mobbed by smaller birds.

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Such deep brown eyes, unlike the next owl, the Great Grey Owl.

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Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

This bird is not a resident or migrant to the UK, but lives in Europe from Norway through to Russia. It is the largest owl in the world in terms of length.

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A great sight to see after

A MOST SCENIC AND UNDULATING ROAD COURSE THROUGH THE HEART OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK, TAKING IN DIBBLE BRIDGE, HOB HOLE AND WESTERDALE – APPROXIMATELY 6 miles

A ROAD RACE FOR FELL RUNNERS – A FELL RACE FOR ROAD RUNNERS!!
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