During the short days of midwinter Barn owls retreated into the darkness only glimpsed as occasional pale shadows. This winter there have been plenty of voles, Barn owls did not have to hunt for long each day.

Mid February and the days are longer, morning and evening Barn owls hunt the meadows around Norton Suffolk, this is sign that they are preparing to breed. The female Barn owl needs to put on weight late winter and early spring before laying eggs, the males have to provide much of the food the females need.

Most of the images on this page are of male Barn owls hunting for food that is taken back to the nest site to feed the females.