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Barn Owls by Maree  Clarkson

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Black ink sketch with watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm

Barn owls (Tyto alba) occupy a vast range of habitats from rural to urban. They are generally found at low elevations in open habitats, such as grasslands, deserts, marshes and agricultural fields. They require cavities for nesting, such as hollow trees, cavities in cliffs and riverbanks, nest boxes, caves, church steeples, barn lofts, and hay stacks. The availability of appropriate nesting cavities often limits use of suitable foraging habitat.

Barn owls are found throughout Africa and on every continent except Antarctica. The have also been introduced to some oceanic islands to control rodent pests.

Barn owls are most commonly monogamous, although several reports of polygyny exist. Pairs typically remain together as long as both individuals live.

Courtship begins with display flights by males which are accompanied by advertising calls and chasing the female. During the chase, both the male and the female screech. The male will also hover with feet dangling in front of the perched female for several seconds; these are known as moth flights.

Copulation occurs every few minutes during the nest site search. Both sexes crouch down in front of each other to solicit copulation. The male mounts the female, grasps her neck, and balances with spread wings. Copulation continues with decreasing frequency throughout incubation and chick rearing.
Infor from Animal Diversity Web

  1. 16th May 2013 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
  2. 17th May 2013 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  3. 18th May 2013 – FEATURED in Feminine Intent
  4. 29th June 2013 – FEATURED in the Pen & Ink Corner

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    Don’t ask me why, but barn owls are my favourite owls. A lovely sketch Maree and great info!!

  • Thank you Liz, mine too but I don’t hear or see them as often as I would like to.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    Pragtig Mree!

  • Baie dankie Magriet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/05/14 1 imape per 24hrs

  • Thank you Magriet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jansimpressions
    jansimpressionsover 1 year ago


  • Wow, thanks a lot Jan, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 1 year ago


    Artistic & Amazing Wildlife Features!
    May 15, 2013

  • Thank you for the feature DeeZ, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you for the feature Meeli, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago
  • Thank you for the feature Tori, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 1 year ago


    You have been featured in “THE PEN & INK CORNER”

  • This is SO great Lisa! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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