Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Short-eared Owl

This winter Short-eared Owls seem to be fairly plentiful.  This bird at an undisclosed site in West Limerick has been present for over a month now.  Today in the fine sunshine, I observed this bird hunting through bog grasses and along the verge of a spruce plantation. She took two Bank Voles and dropped down into long grass to devour them, away from marauding Hooded Crows. 

Short-eared Owl with Bank Vole in its tallons © John N Murphy