Last weekend, I finally got to see the Little Owl couple again. The male was resting and preening close to the nesting box and needed a bullying Magpie to get into a more active state of being. He stayed around for most of the morning and posed wonderfully on the props I had placed for him. The female came out of the nesting box to preen, but after only ten seconds got a warning call from the male to get back into the household as soon as possible. She obliged. I assume the eggs have hatched and now the fun part can begin, at least for the photographer. The owlets will need more and more food and so the parents will be active earlier in the evening and later in the day.

Because the weather forecast looked promising, I first made a quick visit to my local playground, which is only minutes away from the Little Owls. The sunrise was not very spectacular and I ended up with a very dark take on the scene. Must have been a premonition on things to come, because later in the weekend we got very bad news about the health situation of a beloved one. It seems we have to say goodbye very soon. Thank you for being a friend, dear ‘opa Bim’, you will be sincerely missed. Have a safe travel to your final destination.

Still far away from where I belong
but it’s always darkest before the dawn
so you can doubt and you can hate
but I know, no matter what it takes
I’m coming home

Fen before Dawn; Canon 5D Mark III w. 17-40/4L; 0.8s at F16 and ISO200; ND Grad filter, remote release, tripod