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Barn Owl | by Ian Lambert
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Barn Owl

One of the Barn Owls at Turbary Woods Owl & Bird Of Prey Sanctuary near Preston in Lancashire

 

With heart shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white under parts the barn owl is a distinctive and much loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, and indeed the world, the bird has suffered declines over the past fifty years as a result of the degradation of once prey-rich habitats in the face of intensive agricultural practices. This decline, fortunately, has halted in many areas and the population may now be increasing

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Taken on July 19, 2009