Wildlife photography takes a lot of patience and for photographer Villager Jim the wait has definitely been worth it. Jim was able to snap pictures of young Barn owls taking a look at the world from a Peak District barn.
As part of his daily walk, Jim says he’s visited the owlets every day until they were big enough to emerge.
He explains: “Owls are my favourite things to photograph and I know where so many are nesting around the Peak District.
“So I have a route I have of maybe forty miles I do every day, which goes around these places.”
He had seen adult owls popping in and out of this particular barn with voles and had head the young owls “screeching”. For expert Jim, this meant soon he’d be able to get a glimpse of the youngsters.
He said: “I thought in the next few days one of the young owls is going to start popping out of the barn.
“The day before, the mum was on the wall with a vole in her beak, screeching to them, trying to get them to come out.
“I had heard them screeching inside, getting louder and louder, so they were becoming ready.”
On Monday, July 24, Jim was able to take stunning pictures of the young owls perching on a window frame. There were four of them looking out into the world for the first time.
Jim said: “It was lovely. It will take them a few weeks before they fledge and go, so the mum will be feeding them constantly.”
There are five species of owl in the UK; the British Barn owl, Tawny owl, Little owl, Short-eared owl and Long-eared owl.
According to Screech Owl Sanctuary and Animal Park, wild owls – in particular Barn owls – face challenges from changes in their environment. This leads to fewer suitable nesting sites, and numbers of Barn owl have “fallen dramatically” in recent years.