Wildlife and Nature photography by Kevin Keatley


Young Barn Owl

Young Barn Owl in nest box, Mid Devon in May. Photographed under Schedule one licence

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owl dozing in nest box - Photographed under schedule one licence

Young barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owl in nest box - mid devon. The fuffy down is starting to come off showing the fine feather detail and chestnut colours.

Barn owl adult ( Tyto alba )

Adult male Barn owl ' Super owl'. Since I have been following this family of Barn owls there has only been the male coming in to feed. It has been a very difficult season due to the weather and something must have happend to the female.

Barn owl ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn owl testing wings.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owls on nest box. At this age they spend a lot of time preening and stretching their wings.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn owl stretching wings - mid Devon

Barn owl young

Young Barn owls on nest box ledge. The one on the right is a female, she is slightly darker than the male and has small black markings on the chest feathers. She is also about 2 - 3 days older.

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn owl just landing after it's first short flight - apx. 1mt!

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn Owl testing wings - near to take off! - watched by younger brother. Photo under schedule one licence.

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn owl. Mid Devon in early July. Photo under schedule one licence

Young Barn owls

Young Barn owls on ledge of nest box. The young female is on the left with the fine black spots on the chest feathers and darker collar.

Barn Owl young preening ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owl preening. At this stage they spend a lot of time preening and testing their wings. Quite often there are clouds of feathery down after some excited wing beets.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

The two young Barn owls early venture into the outside world from the Old mill barn.

Barn owl lunch ( Tyto alba )

Young Barns Owls checking out lunch.

Barn Owl

Young famale Barn Owls first venture into the outside world

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Male Barn Owl heading out of barn to carry on hunting. Photo under schedule one licence

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn Owls early adventures into the outside world.

Young Barn Owls ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owls in nest box, mid Devon in May.

Waiting for the night

Evening light on the old mill barn. Young Barn Owl roosting on one leg waiting for the sun to set

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn Owl on fence post. Now venturing out of the barn for longer periods and flight getting stronger.

Barn Owl feeding young ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn Owl being fed by adult male. June - Mid Devon. Photos under schedule one licence

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn owls by nest box - Mid Devon Photos taken under Natural England schedule 1 licence. The small black spots on the chest of the young owl on the left shows that 'she' is a female.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young male barn owl looking towards the barn roof. He can hear the sound of the heavy rain hitting the tin roof. When it's heavy rain the young owls stop calling. Usually it's a constant - "pish" "pish" call and also alternating between the to young owls. Barn Owls have soft feather edges for silent flight - excellent for hunting, but not good in the rain. It's been a difficult year for Barn Owls. Male Barn owls are whiter than the famale Barn Owls.

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn owl testing wings watch on by younger brother in nest box. Photo under schedule one licence

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn owls first flight. short flight between the beams at the moment. Over the last week there have been a lot of wing testing on the ledge of the nest box, but know it's for real.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Take off!! Young female Barn Owl's first flight. After a lot of wing flapping and hopping she off. The small black feathers on the chest show that she is a she. Her younger brother is looking on, he is just starting to do some wing testing and will be soon to follow..

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

Young male barn owl on nest box ledge

Barn owl young ( Tyto alba )

The young female Barn owl is getting more confident with her flight. She has gone from scrabling around the walls to short flights between the beams to flying around the barn. The young male is watching intently and I can hear a low churing call between them at times. Great to watch their progress and development..

Barn Owl young preening ( Tyto alba )

Young Barn Owl preening. At this stage they spend a lot of time preening and testing their wings. Quite often there are clouds of feathery down after some excited wing beets.

Barn Owl young ( Tyto alba )

Relaxed and full. The two young Owls are dozing between feeds.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn Owl spreading wings. She's anticipating the adult coming in with some food. I'm sure there is a faint call from the adult as the young have a couple of seconds warning of arrival.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn Owls early venture into the outside world. He's perched on the shaft of the old pulley wheel of the Old mill barn.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young famale Barn Owl on ledge of nest box. Female Barn Owls have small black marks on their chest feathers and are generally darker than the males.

Barn Owl feeding young ( Tyto alba )

Adult male Barn Owl feeding young famale with a mouse

Barn owl flight ( Tyto alba )

Young female Barn owls flight over barn. She is now making regular flights out of the barn, but comes back in after a few minutes and roosts next to her younger brother.

Barn owl ( Tyto alba )

Just a few weeks ago this was how our young female Barn owl looked.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn Owl on fence post. Now venturing out of the barn for longer periods and flight getting stronger.

Barn Owl ( Tyto alba )

Young male Barn Owl on fence post. He's still roosting in the mill barn during the day and out hunting over the cut hay during the night. I managed to get close enough to take a photo while he was intently listening and looking along the lines of cut hay for his prey. It was a warm still evening, there was a really nice summer smell of cut hay in the air and a beautiful sunset. What a way to end my time with this family of Barn Owls. They have grown from tiny alien looking creatures into beautilful graceful birds. Photos taken under Natural England schedule 1 licence.