This last day of 2013, the 31st o f December was spent in Zwolle, where the Hawk Owl - that has been present since mid-November - was still showing exeptionally well!
I went together with my dad. It was the 3rd visit for me, but the first visit together with my dad. We spent a few hours with the bird, photographing it from every possible angle. It perched in a tree, a soccer goal, another tree, some poles, electricty buildings and so on - very confiding!
At one moment the bird took off from a tree, flying out of sight a few 100 metres to the north. Then a few minutes later, from the corner of my eye, I see the bird flying towards us, with a prey! It turns out to be a young male blackbird. This is the first time (as far as I know) that the bird has been seen with a bird as prey, instead of a mouse.
The bird didn't seem to mind all the fireworks in the city, there were even some people firing carbid in the fields next to the bird!
Below the photo series: enjoy! And best wishes & a Happy New Year!
Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), the bird with prey!
Last photo: spitting out a pellet