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Thread #88149   Message #1651468
Posted By: BusyBee Paul
19-Jan-06 - 06:59 AM
Thread Name: owl song by big al whittle
Subject: RE: owl song by big al whittle

A bit of a step back this, but I have experienced the travelling alongside an owl and it was breathtakingly awesome.

It happened about 20 years ago, in Hampshire. I was living on a farm and helping to exercise horses. One winter's morning, the manager and I rode out together, as usual, at 7am and were cantering along a green lane on the farm when an owl appeared out of the murk of the half-light dawn and paced us along the lane. This must have been for about half a mile, then the green lane stopped at a t-junction with a wood beyond. We had to stop and turn, but the owl kept on into the woods.

The manager was an old "countryhand" and we both just sat speechless on our horses for a few seconds - neither of us had experienced being at such close quarters to an owl before. It was one of "those" moments that I will remember for the rest of my life. Thanks for reminding me of it today.