Barn Owl in Moonlight


Fine Art Watercolour Paper
Giclee Prints
Size: 305mm x 400mm

Original Painting Medium: Oil on Canvas
Scientific Name: Tyto alba
Region: U.K

In 1999, I was commissioned to portray a Barn Owl flying across a meadow. For my Barn Owl oil painting, I decided to portray my owl on a bright moonlight night.

A Barn Owl flying at dusk looks pure white, yet seeing one at close quarters reveals that it is a mixture of various shades of pale gold, with brown, grey and black speckles.The Barn Owl is most often seen in flight, hunting over open permanent pasture that has a good population of small mammals such as voles, mice and shrews. These regular patrols may be punctuated by short rests on a fence post from which prey can sometimes be caught. Particularly well developed senses of sight and smell, and the rounded wings with their soft, fluffy feathers, make owls efficient and silent hunters.

Year after year barn owls will return to established roosts and breeding sites in old barns, trees, cliffs and in the attics of old buildings. Their calls include a variety of hoarse shrieks that have given them, over the centuries, the reputation as a bird of ill omen.

Barn owl numbers have declined drastically over the past twenty years due to habitat destruction, pollution and intensive agricultural methods. To discover a dead barn owl on the roadside is tragic. A barn owl perched on a fence or silently gliding across a field whilst hunting is now such a rare sight in our countryside.

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