Excellent eye sight and hearing make the Barn Owl top-notch night time hunters. They have been the subject of numerous studies of their senses, including experiments where the readily locate mice in a room with no light.
The Barn Owl’s speckled earth tone feathers help it hide during the day, and make it a striking bird to my eye.
Showing off his wings with a stretch, this fellow was quite sedate for his photography session.
Barn Owl, Tyto alba
The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.
The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018, Awanda, SC.