Our bus had to stop on a country road. We looked around: is there anything interesting around here? We saw a big stately house. Lots of fences, No entry signs and threatening pictures of guard dogs surrounded it. The mansion looked like nobody had lived in it for an extremely long time.
If I would be a ghost story-teller, I would write:
Late in the eighteenth century, a cruel landlord lived in the Champagne.
When the French revolution started, angry peasants hanged him, in revenge for his extortion and corporal punishment.
Still now, every night at 12 midnight …
However, as I am not a ghost story-teller, I will say what we really saw. No ghosts, no real guard dogs as opposed to pictured ones. Far more interesting and beautiful: a short-eared owl. Flying low above the fields and above the road, searching for mice. I hoped that a car would not kill it.
This is a short-eared owl video.
We continued to the Lac du Der. As the daylight gave way to the night, hundreds of cranes flew to the lake, a good place to spend the night undisturbedly.
A great cormorant on a tree.
- To the cranes in France (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Siskins, blackbird, great tit on balcony (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Winter Predators of the Samish Flats (leerentz.wordpress.com)
- A Short-eared Owl pursued by crows passes over Heron’s Head Park (raptorgallery.wordpress.com)
- Aerial battle for survival in bleak midwinter (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk: It’s as if the landscape and stream are caught amid their own owl dreams (guardian.co.uk)
- Colorful Flight by Mark Needham (500px.com)
- Food Fight by Henrik Nilsson (500px.com)
- “OMG, The Sky is Falling!!!” by Mark Needham (500px.com)
- BRIAN STEEGE – Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) (etccreative.wordpress.com)