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Barred Owl
Winter 2010/2011

Barred Owl

I have heard from others that this barred owl is actively hunting into the afternoon. This was my experience too. Initially we saw it sleeping and kept our distance. It rotated its head from time to time. A flock of common redpolls flew over to protest. After awhile, something caused the owl to become very alert. It flew to a higher perch (missed that part because I was pre-occupied) to the right (pictured above) and stared down at the deep snow. I thought for sure anytime it was going to fly down to catch whatever was scurrying beneath. The owl did this for maybe 10 minutes or more. It was still up on that perch when I left. Wish I had stayed to see what would have happened as I enjoy observing owl behaviour. Hope to revisit in a few more days.

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Dominic Cantin09-Feb-2011 05:39
Nous avons eu la même expérience il y a quelques semaines , la chouette rayée chassait en après-midi 8) Elle n'a pas été revue depuis quelques semaines mais semble de retour depuis 2 jours ... on verra bien si elle veut nous donner d'autres spectacles 8) Bravo pour cette capture !

DOm :)
golfpic08-Feb-2011 00:05
Thanks Chuck. Can't believe I left as there was plenty of good light. I bet the owl dove down and caught something after I had gone :-)
Chuck Kling08-Feb-2011 00:01
Wonderful natural colours...owl, branches and sky....a nice exposure !