See that smudge in the picture? That’s one of the things I will miss from this region, once I move back to the Netherlands. An owl I spotted near the Saleve mountains – probably a long-eared one. After six years of living in close proximity to birds of prey and having a few of them chasing sparrows in our back garden this is the first and last one I was able to identify. Birds of prey are everywhere in this region: circling the sky when farmers mow their lands, on poles along the road, in the grass tearing apart their food. In a few months I will have left Versonnex and I will miss their quantity and variety – and my fruitless attempts to tell them apart.