Close encounters of a Strigiformes kind

I had a strange and interesting experience last night. A friend had lost 40 pheasant poults the night before when a fox had got into a pen, so I was out doing some "preventative maintenance". I set up a fox caller on top of one of the big bales that was in the field in front of the pen, then started scanning the horizon with the night-vision. After a few minutes a huge pair of eyes appeared heading directly towards the caller, the odd thing was they were about 20 feet above the ground! The owl swooped down on top of the bale, gave the plastic caller a kick, and headed off to find something that was a little more tasty.

It was a good night, saw a fabulous Roe Buck in the field, and a Muntjac when I was heading home. And Mrs Fox turned up at about 23:50