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Cotswold Life - - EDITOR’S COMMENT - Ghost light, by Stu­art Philpott Email Stu­art at sound­stounite@hot­

Barn Owl by Stu­art Philpott

As the sun sets on a gor­geous March day which has been al­most cloud­less, a huge storm rolled in just as one of our Cotswold barn owls started out early hunt­ing. For­tu­nately, he landed be­sides us be­fore try­ing to catch his sup­per. Barn owls don’t like the rain; their feath­ers are not very wa­ter­proof, an adap­ta­tion for si­lence probably, so this might be him pre­dict­ing what is about to ar­rive. A won­der­ful en­counter in some stun­ning light, and that quite un­usual back­drop of dark storm clouds... so rare to get all these things to­gether at one time, es­pe­cially with a truly wild owl!

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