Animals

By Mikey Jones 


These three beady eyed owlets are caught up in a bit of sibling rivalry.

Waiting for the parents to come home with food, the three compete to squeeze their heads through a small wooden hole in their nest and keep watch.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

With cross looks on their faces, they eventually force each other out into the open in their eagerness to get a bite to eat.

However, once outside the safety of their home, they appear to make up quickly and cuddly together in a super cute snap.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

The sweet pictures were taken by garden designer, landscaper and professional wildlife photographer from Andrew Marshall.

He was tipped off about the location when he was researching his book ‘Photographing Wildlife in the UK’.

Andrew, from Oxfordshire, said: “In the middle of writing the book a friend told me of the location of this family of little owls.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

“I asked the owner’s permission to photograph them but when I went to visit we found that one little one had fledged from the nest box but fallen behind the plywood sides to the shed where it was trapped.

“The owner drilled a big hole in the plywood and after a week or two three little owls successfully fledged from there.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

“If we hadn’t gone down to photograph them, we would not have known they were trapped and they possibly would not have survived.

“That was two years ago and another successful brood is being raised now.”

Andrew went to photograph the latest brood of young owls on clear evenings in the weeks when they were still being fed by their parents.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

He said: “I love photographing them as they emerge from the hole as they are all different sizes and attitudes.

“One is distinctly smaller than the others, the runt of the litter, but he or she is feisty and manages to get a good feed every evening.

PIC BY Andrew Marshall / CATERS NEWS

“The parents bring in a wide range of food, including, wood mice, voles, and more surprisingly moths.

“The adult owls will sometimes come and sit on perches I have placed outside the barn in the evening sunlight and preen.”

Andrew has included some of the images in his new book, ‘Photographing Wildlife in the UK’, which is published by fotovue.