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Country diary: the long-eared owl sees a different world to us

<p><strong>Goyt Valley, Derbyshire:</strong> If you are a vole and this magnificent bird has you in its sights, then good luck to you</p><p>If you want a lesson in how little you notice about the world, I recommend an hour watching parent long-eared owls gather food for their chicks.</p><p>Recently I saw the adults detect, pinpoint, catch and return to their brood with five voles in one 20-minute period. Seeing the feat, you could assume that the place was hooching with vole flesh. Not at all. I walked through that vegetation where they were hunting. It was a dense, entangled, knee-high world of heather, bilberry and grass thickets. Had I spent a month on my hands and knees, I may conceivably have found some old sign of where voles had once camped, but I doubt I’d ever have clapped eyes on the mammals themselves.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/15/country-diary-the-long-eared-owl-sees-a-different-world-to-us">Continue reading...</a>

Goyt Valley, Derbyshire: If you are a vole and this magnificent bird has you in its sights, then good luck to you

If you want a lesson in how little you notice about the world, I recommend an hour watching parent long-eared owls gather food for their chicks.

Recently I saw the adults detect, pinpoint, catch and return to their brood with five voles in one 20-minute period. Seeing the feat, you could assume that the place was hooching with vole flesh. Not at all. I walked through that vegetation where they were hunting. It was a dense, entangled, knee-high world of heather, bilberry and grass thickets. Had I spent a month on my hands and knees, I may conceivably have found some old sign of where voles had once camped, but I doubt I’d ever have clapped eyes on the mammals themselves.

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