Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge

Barred Owl, A Good Hunt

It’s not very often you get to photograph the hunt from start to finish. A Barred Owl is even more difficult. However, timing is everything.

Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge

Being in a swamp the catch was hard to shoot. I did get the bird hitting the water at the base of a Cypress Tree.

Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge

At first I had no idea what the prey was. Being dark it wasn’t clear. But in a moment I did see the prize.

Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge

Of course, this is a southern Owl. So a Craw Daddy is perfect.

The bird flew up to a close Cypress to finish the meal.

Barred Owl, A Good Hunt - Click To Enlarge
Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge

The Owl was very aware of me and would glance my way but nothing was going to stop the meal.

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Barred Owl, A Good Hunt – Click To Enlarge

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The only thing that went wrong was I missed focus when the Owl dropped from his perch to the water. About 4 shots were soft. I did get a perfect focus bird butt. I chose to leave that out here.

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