Category Archives: Owls

You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

I don’t think I have ever surprised an Owl.

In fact I have been ‘sneaking up’ to photograph one only to find the Owls mate is almost on my shoulder watching me from behind. There was no sneaking going on.

You Can Never Sneak By An Owl
You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

This Barred Owl sat and watched us moving below to get a clear shot. A few minutes later I discovered there was a second, maybe a meter to this ones right side.

Once again watching silly human tricks.

Back Near The Nests, Owl

There were actually a pair, both close to each other. Even a little Owl ‘kissy’ face. All up in the branches and away from cameras.

Back Near The Nests, Owl
Back Near The Nests, Owl

I had exactly one opportunity for a perfect clear photograph. It was gone before I could raise the lens.

I kept this since it’s been a while seeing any Owls. It’s early for nesting, but it’s good to see them in the hunting areas.

 

Family Portrait, Barred Owl

A few shots here that we don’t get very often. A juvenile Barred Owl with ‘Mom’ (on the left).

Family Portrait, Barred Owl
Family Portrait, Barred Owl

The adult was down closer to the swamp, on another tree. At first I didn’t know the young bird was even near. It is able to fly and feed itself now.

Family Portrait, Barred Owl
Family Portrait, Barred Owl

The young one was also releasing an Owl Pellet, which I did not catch. But still, cool.

Click any image for full size.

Looking For Mom, Owl

Juvenile Barred Owl.

The most recent Owl photographs published here were of an adult moving around a swamp pond, but sticking close to the same area.

This is why.

Looking For Mom, Owl
Looking For Mom, Owl

I don’t know how long adults will stay with young but it’s longer than I would have thought. This bird is from the early spring, can fly and hunt, but still gets help from Mom.

Barred Owl Watching Over Young

The Owl moved around a few times but stayed in the same general area. A young one was nearby.

Barred Owl Watching Over Young
Barred Owl Watching Over Young

August is not an especially good time of year here to see Owls. The other day was an exception. I admit to not hanging with them long. Tropical heat in a swamp gets old real quick.

 

Well Hidden, Owl

Almost ignored the movement on the far side of a tree.

The only angle available was to lean out over the water. It was low and incredibly ‘swamp nasty’ so falling over was not an option.

Well Hidden, Owl
Well Hidden, Owl

Hot, dark, and of course a good supply of mosquitoes. She looked like the August heat was bothering her as much as me.

Barred Owl, Charleston.