Golden hour at Farlington Marshes

Matt Roseveare's striking image of a short-eared owl in flight at Farlington Marshes
Matt Roseveare's striking image of a short-eared owl in flight at Farlington Marshes

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A photograph of a short eared owl taken at the Wildlife Trust’s 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 an owl in flight 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 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.’