Animals

By Bethany Gleave 


This owl appears to be begging for some peace and quiet as its chicks tries to cuddle in.

Photographer Barry Jackson, 45, caught the touching moment after he had been watching the owls at a former WW1 aerodrome site.

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The image shows a scene he believes all parents could relate to, with the older owl scowling into the distance appearing to beg for just five minutes peace, while its owlet looks content and happy.

Engineer Barry said: “For the first week or so after leaving the nest little owls don’t leave their parents side.

“They follow them everywhere and I think this owl in particular had just had enough.

“The younger owl had started to snuggle into its parents and as you can tell from its face the owl was not in the mood to cuddle.

“The younger owl definitely looks old enough to go off on its own but I don’t think it wanted to just then. I think this might be an image that a lot of parents relate to.

“All parents know how it feels to just want five minutes peace but not being able to get it.

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“The little owls have a great personality and I think the younger ones are quite cheeky and like to see how far they can push their parents.”

Barry, who lives in Chelmsford, Essex with his wife Annie, 50, has been following the owls at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Chelmsford for the past six years.

During this visit he also spotted another disgruntled parent and snapped a moody looking owl attempting to collect food for its owlets.

Barry said: “I spotted another owl that had swooped down onto a log in search for something to eat.

“It started to march up and down the log.

“But it was doing it quite dramatically, the claws were very animated.

“It looks like it’s just had enough of searching for food now and wants to give up.

“I think it’s just had enough of the kids and wants a moment to relax without having to go out and search for their food.”

The birds seem relaxed and seem to allow Barry to have an in depth look at their lives, Barry claims it has because he has spent so much time with them and managed to earn their trust.

Barry said: “The owls know I am here but don’t tend to see me as a threat.

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“I think it’s because I spend so much time here and I have followed most of them since they hatched.

“I’ve been following the owls at the aerodrome for the past six years.

“I often head up there before work but sometimes I can spend up to eight hours a day there watching the wildlife.

“The aerodrome is the only one of its kind, the site is on private land so I often meet up with the owner and we observe the wildlife together.”