Introduced to Britain in the 19th century, the Little Owl is now widespread throughout southern and central England and Wales, with the estimated number of breeding pairs put at up to 11,500. This juvenile bird is almost fully grown and – hand-reared since hatching – was almost tame in the hand. I was most struck by those piercing blue-grey eyes; simply mesmerising.
Canon 1Ds MkII with a Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,000 sec, f/5.6, 380mm at ISO 400
Canon 1Ds MkII with Canon 100-400mm lens, 1/1,000 sec, f/5.6, 380mm at ISO 400