Hi, I'm Rudi, i'm 8 years old and my favourite book is 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson. Its about the life of an otter named Tarka and British Wildlife. One night i was reading the book with my dad and i said that i wanted to see all the animals in the book, he said i should do it and call it the Tarka Challenge. My Tarka Challenge started on 1st January 2012. The book contains 89 birds, 54 land based animals, 120 plants and 56 aquatic organisms.

The rules are simple, i must either see each thing myself or photograph it using my trail camera. I will try and see each thing on my local patch (Ogmore River Catchment) but may need to look somewhere else in Britain.

Short-eared Owl

Short eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Sitting and waiting and then  we saw the Short eared Owl again tonight.

Short-eared Owl

This owl hunts in the day and flies close to the ground across feilds looking and listening for voles, this is called quartering. Some of these birds fly across from europe to spend winter in Britain. Watching this owl glide around hunting is something you will never forget.

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