I checked the same area where I found two last year and after only 5 minutes of searching I spotted the breast feathers of an owl perched deep within a bush.
I moved position to see if I could get a good view, and it proved to be slightly better. I was about 30 yards away, and the wind was blowing a gale, as the first snow of the winter started to fall.
No wonder the owl was buried deep in the bush it was about -5 degrees with wind chill.
I managed to digiscope some shots, but could not get a clear view, it was already aware that I was there - its not worth scaring it by getting too close.
I then moved on to try and get Short Eared Owl, there had been 3 reported in the last week very close by, and 2 had been around for at least 6 weeks.
I parked up and stayed in the car. I knew where they were likely to fly past and sure enough one came to about 30 yards away.
Now I am not very good with flying shots and I think the Canon SX50 is even worse (or is it just me). But it did not stop me trying.
I saw at at least 2 Shorties, possibly 3 so all in all it was a great morning.