I must foremost apologise to all of you who follow my blog for the lack of posts during the past couple of weeks. My thoughts have been focused elsewhere and illustration has been the last thing on my mind but I intend to regularly update my blog once again so please bear with.
From the first time i ever saw a Long-Eared Owl sat in the sand in an empty net ride at Spurn Point they have always fascinated me. Not only are they incredibly secretive but they are amongst the most beautiful and spell binding birds you are likely to see. I was extremely lucky last year to spend the best part of November on Fair Isle that consisted of daily arrivals of thrushes in from the east. These waves of immigrants were shadowed by Long-eared owls that mainly found themselves in amongst the Heligoland traps. My favourite encounters with this incredible species was a spring female that decided to sit in amongst the chickens at Schoolton and the bird i have illustrated below that i accidentally flushed from Hesti Geo before alighting on the cliff in full view around the Holmes/Dog Geo area.