Category Archives: Owls

Using The Light, Owl

Whenever we find an Owl at this spot we (Ellen and I) start to almost lean in the direction of this tree. Kind Of wishing the bird to fly over there.

Using The Light, Owl
Using The Light, Owl

There is a thick canopy overhead here of Cypress, Live Oak, and Bamboo keeping the sun out, except for a few spots.

Using The Light, Owl
Using The Light, Owl

Of course time of day, time of year, all play into the sunshine. But at least this side gets something.

Barred Owl.

Another Crayfish For The Owls

I don’t know anything about how Crayfish reproduce, but they must be very good at it. This small swamp area is landlocked except for a time of heavy rain.

Another Crayfish For The Owls
Another Crayfish For The Owls

Barred Owls have been hunting them for years right here. The water can get low at times, but there is always a few Crayfish around.

Crayfish are popular in Creole dishes, especially around New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi. Now that i have seen them in my local swamps… it kind of creeps me out !!!!

Female Guarding A Young Owl

This is a shot I almost missed.  I had photographed the male hunting, and just finished with a young Owl. I could not find anything else.

Female Guarding A Young Owl
Female Guarding A Young Owl

I did finally find (OK, Ellen found) the female standing guard. She is usually near her chick, watching for danger.

A Barred Owl is large enough that once fully grown they have few enemies. However, there are a few here. Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and Great Horned Owls will attack them.

Of course down below are the usual Alligators who hunt where they do.