Tuesday, 4 April 2017
When I looked out of the window before breakfast this morning I happened to see La Dame Blanche (or even Le Monsieur Blanc) swoop down from one of the barns and perch herself on a post by Philippe’s potager. She sat there for a long time, occasionally turning her head, not even fazed when Diane the dawg trotted by with her collie boyfriend.
We have Barn Owls living in the pigeonnier (tower) but rarely see them during the day, usually only getting a view of them when they swoop out at dusk, or when the young ones settle on the bathroom window sill and gaze through the glass at us. This was a rare opportunity for us to see an adult owl close up. Unfortunately, although only about 50 metres away, the camera would not focus properly and we could not get a sharp picture. I have since been told that it's not a camera problem. Barn Owls tremble constantly; it's a special technique they use when hunting, to help remain just out of focus.