Night Moves

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Every night, just before bed, I take Josie out into the small park opposite our house where she sniffs around and has a pee. Last night we were joined by a moon-white Barn Owl that circled low above us, seemingly intrigued by the pale-coated Labrador in the torch beam . It’s always such a thrill to witness the buoyant, utterly silent flight of these ghostly owls and no wonder that so many people associate them with a spirit world.

Watercolour sketch; Vermont, west of Hermanus, South Africa.

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About Duncan Butchart

Duncan Butchart is interested in all aspects of the natural world, with a particular fascination for birds and their ecological relationships. www.dbnatureworks.com
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2 Responses to Night Moves

  1. Peter Retief says:

    I just love the silent flight of owls. So amazing that such big birds can move around at night so quietly, with such good night vision and hearing. One of nature’s many marvels!

  2. Kate Barnett says:

    Love your word picture and the painting.

    Kate Barnett

    082 900 1453

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