Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus, Lothian, Scotland

It’s that time of year again when the short-eared owls have come down from their breeding areas on the higher ground to winter on the coastal areas where food is easier to come by during the harsher weather. Hopefully as winter goes on they will be joined by short-eared owls from abroad. They migrate from Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland mainly to the north and east of the UK. Last winter they came in large numbers to our shores and could be seen all along our east coast sites

They create a great spectacle when they hunt as they quarter the fields. They hunt during the day and as they do so they quite often get mobbed by crows and kestrels.

Here are a few images from today

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Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

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Ron McCombe

I am a full time wildlife photographer living in the Scottish Borders. I do most of my photography in Scotland in the Highlands and Islands as well as the Scottish Borders. I also travel to Northern Scandinavia, North America, Canada and South Africa to photograph birds and mammals. I organize workshops and deliver illustrated talks on birds and wildlife. My work has been featured in many magazines and publication and I have written just one book so far entitled “Wildlife through my Viewfinder” which is a collection of photographs and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy this blog and website. I will try to update it as often as possible. I have recently started a newsletter, if you would like to receive it please sign up using the button on the front page of my website www.wildlife-photography.uk.com

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