Category Archives: Owls

Sleeping In Spanish Moss, Owl

It’s hard to see the shot and know how much better it could be with just a little different angle.

There’s a reason he likes to sleep here, in the middle of swamp water. Nobody will bother him.

Sleeping In Spanish Moss, Owl
Sleeping In Spanish Moss, Owl

I took the shot and moved on.

Barred Owl, Charleston, South Carolina.

Barred Owl Near A Rookery

One of the locals in his spot.

He was clearly awake and watching the swamp below. He would be happy to see a Bull Frog but most likely it is the Crayfish he wants.

Barred Owl Near A Rookery
Barred Owl Near A Rookery
Barred Owl Near A Rookery
Barred Owl Near A Rookery

He likes to sit on the side of this trail so it’s worth the walk… just never forget a full body bug spray treatment first.

Young Barred Owl

When I first looked at the owl shots from the other day the angle and missing head feather details struck me. I deleted most and held a few aside to review.

After another walk through I had one of those ‘good grief’ moments.

Of course the feathers were off… they are not true feathers. This bird still has some facial down, baby fuzzy.

Young Barred Owl
Young Barred Owl

There are several active Owl nesting spots nearby. This bird probably came from one of them.

 

Short Break Time

I recently received a message from WordPress (this site hosting company) that I had published articles/photographs daily for the last 1,000 days, have over 11,000 pages, and 27,000 + photographs.

Brown Wood Owl
Brown Wood Owl

Good grief, I think it’s time for a break.

For the next week or so the site will just have a few scheduled photographs.

See you soon…

Out Of Place, Barred Owl

A new spot for Owls. At least for me, probably not him.

A side trail behind some swamp areas usually reserved for small warblers has been invaded by this Barred Owl. Maybe he came to visit the Warblers too.

Out Of Place, Barred Owl
Out Of Place, Barred Owl

With lots of thick branches and Spanish Moss an Owl can rest here, hide, and wait for some type of opportunity.

Out Of Place, Barred Owl
Out Of Place, Barred Owl

Barred Owls hunt by dropping down, or silent gliding, to prey from above. Most times prey is pinned to the ground for some time before the Owl flies off.  Barred Owls here prefer Crayfish, and people don’t seem to get as queasy about the hunting routine for them. I know I don’t. They’re called ‘mud bugs’ for a reason.

Out Of Place, Barred Owl
Out Of Place, Barred Owl

Adult Barred Owl, Charleston, South Carolina.