Hampshire owl image wins national photography award

Award winning photo of a short eared owl at Farlington Marshes © Matt Roseveare

A photo of a short eared owl taken at our Farlington Marshes nature reserve has won an accolade at the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Matt Roseveare, 18, is a young amateur wildlife photographer and filmmaker based in Hampshire. His striking image of a short eared owl in flight at Farlington Marshes, near Portsmouth, won the 12-18 category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Titled The Golden Hour Hunt, it portrays the owl in flight, pursuing its prey, as dusk sets in.

Matt Roseveare said: “As the light began to fade a short-eared owl emerged to hunt for prey above the marshes. Standing on the sea wall I was amazed when it began to fly towards me – it is a moment I will never forget!”

Chris Lycett, Reserves Officer at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said: “Matt’s photo does a wonderful job of capturing these magnificent birds of prey, which spend their winters here at Farlington Marshes. Unlike other owls they can often been seen during the day. To spot them, visit Farlington Marshes on a dry afternoon in the last hour or two before sunset, and you might see them swooping over the open fields or sat on top of an ant hill.”

About Matt Roseveare

Matt Roseveare, 18, is an amateur wildlife photographer and filmmaker based in Hampshire. Much of his work is done in the New Forest National Park in the south of the UK, and he has a particular interest in Time Lapse Photography. His images of local wildlife and the countryside have received local recognition, including being featured in Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s annual calendar. His photos can be purchased via www.mattrphotography.co.uk.

About short eared owls

The short-eared owl is a regular winter visitor to Hampshire, but in variable numbers. They breed in open, rough country in northern England, Wales and Scotland but in the winter they usually head south.

Unlike some other owl species, these charismatic birds are active during the daytime, delighting visitors and photographers with their sweeping flights and hunting prowess.