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Professor Brock, the Barn Owl.

Barn Owl.

"Professor Brock", the Barn Owl.

Softer than he looks.

Not often you get to see one of these close up – especially in a café! This beautiful specimen is called “Professor Brock” and is a rescue. He is amazingly tame – in fact he seems to thrive on human company. He enjoyed a good fuss and stroke. His feathers feel more like down, they are so soft. It was a little dark and so the use of a high ISO to compensate has resulted in this photograph of this glorious Barn Owl looking a bit “soft”. But then, perhaps that is appropriate.

In the wild, we are told, these birds have a life expectancy of around 3 years. In captivity, this can be as much as 20 years. Professor Brock will be 14 in May. He is a rescue and once removed from the wild it is illegal to release them again. Still, I am sure he is not complaining – it sounds like he has a wonderful life.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 5 Feb 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/2.8
  • 1/80 Sec
  • ISO 6400

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