Barred Owl with Skink

Barred Owl With Lizard for Lunch

This Barred Owl sat quietly with his catch, a Five-lined Skink, a common lizard in South Carolina.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl with Skink

After squeezing it with his beak for a bit he transferred it to his talon. You can see the tail dangling below the branch in this next image.

Barred Owl with Skink
Barred Owl with Skink

I didn’t see any sign of life in the lizard, but the owl kept a firm hold for six or seven minutes before flying off with it.

Barred Owl with Skink
Barred Owl with Skink

9 thoughts on “Barred Owl With Lizard for Lunch”

  1. What a thrill it must’ve been to witness and capture this, Ellen. Fantastic photos. Perhaps the owl carried it off for a young one.

    1. It sure was, Jet, thank you! Very likely… there is a mated pair with an owlet, about 8 weeks old that they are still feeding. I haven’t seen it, but other photographers I know have captured junior learning to hunt. Other years I’ve seen the male share with the female, too, even after the chick has left. It’s sweet to see them show that affection.

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