PUBLISHED: 10:43 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:07 01 March 2019
Black is the new white - at least it was when an extremely rare barn owl visited north Essex recently.
Eclipse is a black barn owl and part of a wildlife display show put on by Coda Falconry - a bird of prey centre in Waltham Abbey that brought some of its birds up to Hedingham Castle to show them over the half-term break.
According to business owner Sarah Jane Manarin, black barn owls occur once every 100,000 births in the barn owl population and the highly unusual birds don’t last long in their native habitat.
“You don’t see black barn owls in the wild because their mother rejects them and doesn’t feed them,” she said.