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.
There is a thick canopy overhead here of Cypress, Live Oak, and Bamboo keeping the sun out, except for a few spots.
Of course time of day, time of year, all play into the sunshine. But at least this side gets something.
This shot, with a soft light, just worked in monochrome.
The classic Owl photograph. While most birds, even large ones, continuously move around, not an Owl. Silent and watchful.
Maybe it’s because they are so hard to find, or that quiet confidence.
There is something special about looking around and find you are being watched by an Owl.
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.
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 !!!!
A Barred Owl, doing what they do best. Playing invisible.
No matter what anyone tells you, they only see an Owl after it has moved. A head turn, foot shift, something. Otherwise we all walk right by.
Just enough sun to highlight this owl.
Barred Owl, outside Charleston.
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.
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.