March 2014

 

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

 

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) (captive), Leicestershire - UK

Canon EOS 1D-X, EF500mm f4L IS II USM Lens, 1.4x converter, 1/500 sec, f5.6 ISO 1600

The Barn Owl is one of Britains favourite birds but following several years of extreme weather there may now be fewer than 1000 breeding pairs of barn owls in England. In a typical year, conservationists estimate, Britain should be home to as many as 4,000 pairs of the birds. An even more significant threat is the widespread use of pesticides. The Barn Owl Trust has said that the bodies of 91% of the birds that had been found dead had contained rat poison, which has heightened fears that the use of rodenticides is having a serious impact on the birds' mortality rates.

 

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