Category Archives: Owls

Eagle Owl Portrait

This is ‘the big guy’. Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Eagle Owl Portrait
Eagle Owl Portrait

A little under 3 feet (.9 meters) tall and a 6.5 foot (1.98 meter) wing span, he is really big. He is recognized as the largest owl in the world. However, there is a Fish Owl about the same size.

Eagle Owl Portrait
Eagle Owl Portrait

Their habitat is thick woods across much of Europe, across Russia, and through Asia Minor and China. A big range. There are also several subspecies because they are so widely spread out.

Eagle Owl Portrait
Eagle Owl Portrait

Since they have such a huge range there are places the breed is safe and doing well (no large human population) and others where they are endangered.

Eagle Owl Portrait
Eagle Owl Portrait

The Great Horned Owl in the US and Canada is a member of the Eagle Owl family.

A member of a breeding program at the Avian Conservation Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

Note; He will fly loose at the center and has buzzed Ellen multiple times at a past photo shoot.

Brown Wood Owl, A Rock Star

Look at how beautiful he is. Even more amazing in person. I have photographed him before, though not for at least a year. He has changed in that time.

This Owl is in a breeding program at the Avian Conservancy (Birds Of Prey) in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the largest raptor medical and research centers in the US.

This Wood Owl is now a star in their educational effort.

Brown Wood Owl, A Rock Star
Brown Wood Owl, A Rock Star

Since the last time I went to a center photography session he has become very calm around people, and especially children.

His handler let parents take photos of their children standing beside the Owl. The little guy handled like a pro. He even travels to educational events now.

This is a success story in teaching people first hand on wildlife. I did notice he does not fly lose though.

 

Watching And A Little Scratching – Owl

Always a great subject to shoot, Barred Owl.

Watching And A Little Scratching - Owl
Watching And A Little Scratching – Owl

This particular Owl was in one of his usual locations, a swamp looking for Crayfish.

Watching And A Little Scratching
Watching ,And A Little Scratching

Not that he wouldn’t take a Bullfrog if one sticks his head up.

Watching And A Little Scratching - Owl
Watching And A Little Scratching – Owl

A scratch shows those big talons. I know they miss prey at times, but I don’t see how.

Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl

A series of a local that did not fly off after a good hunt.

Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl

These Barred Owls do love them some Crawdaddies.

Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl

There is still a young Owlet  to be fed but I guess he had to wait this time. The adult kept this catch, so no sharing this time.

Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl
Successful Hunt For Crayfish, Owl