Monday, 20 June 2011

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Hubby and I were having a coffee the other night and being  -5 degrees  and 9pm it was pitch black so  we were of course sitting outside – this happens regularly as he’s a smoker and I’m stupid enough to sit with him, even in winter.

Anyway we were talking about how we should really get our gun licenses due to wild pigs, burglars rabbit problems, drop bears and the like when there was a loud crashing sound with a metallic ring coming from the direction of the front gate.

We looked at each other – or at least I think we did, it was a little too dark to see properly-
"What on earth was that?"
"I dont know... Did someone climb over the gate?”
Then the dog that had been lying asleep at our feet starts growling like a maniac. Uh oh, that can’t be good. So doing what we tell all the people in horror movies not to do, we got a torch and went to investigate.
It turns out our visitor was indeed hungry for blood. More precisely, mouse blood.

A Tawny Frog Mouth Owl had discovered that we have a mouse plague a rogue mouse and was sitting on the fence eying off its prey. (Please excuse the poor quality photograph but I was aiming and hoping due to the lack of light to focus.)
I love living in the country, even the things concealed in the pitch black street-light-less nights are amazing and beautiful, we just need to work on our making our imaginations a little more that way!


InkPaperPen said...

I am terrible for screaming when I get scared/shocked. It usually makes whoever I am with, overreact too and then we all end up terrified! Glad it was just an owl. How cute he is though? Gill xo

Fussy Eater's Mum said...

What a beautiful owl. Sounds like the mouse plague is pretty bad over there, so I'm sure you are happy for any help!

I once had a wedgetail eagle land in my back garden. It was as big as a child. Amazing what you get to see in the country.