A MOUSE TALE – 44

I was lucky enough back in April to be invited along to witness the flying of a Tawny Owl in a privately owned bluebell wood.

At the end of the display the owl was rewarded with a meal of a mouse – and I was rewarded with a sequence of images that show the bird manipulating the meal and then swallowing it head first having initially, I am told, crushed the mouse’s skull with its very powerful beak.

A MOUSE TALE by John Allen

All taken on the Olympus EM-1 MkII + 40-150mm f/2.8Pro lens, ISO 2000, f/3.5 and 1/125sec in natural lighting.

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Long Tailed Field Mouse

Came across this little chap (?) ferreting around the loose stones on the side of a country lane near Purleigh in Essex.
He would have fitted quite comfortably in the palm of my hand ( with room to spare ) and was kind enough to stay around long enough for me to get a couple of shots.
I think that he’s a Long Tailed Field Mouse, but as always, I’m willing to be corrected.