Category Archives: Raptor

Naturally Framed Owl

Framing of a scene by a tree can be good, lending a natural composition element to a bird image, like this Barred Owl.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

It was still good as he swiveled his head to check out something above us.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

But then as he bent down I knew…

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

…the framing would keep me from catching the action.

I did get kind of a cool picture of his powerful talons.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl, Mostly His Feet, Framed By Two Tree Trunks

Barred Owl Parent

The establish pair of Barred Owls at Magnolia Plantation had two chicks this year but it seems just one survived once they left the nest which I featured yesterday in my post Barred Owl Owlet.

This is one of the parents that was watching from 100 feet (30 Meters) away.

Barred Owl Adult
Barred Owl Adult

I got distracted from photographing while pointing out the adult, then the chick, to an interested passing couple. One of them had never seen a live owl of any kind and was extremely excited, which made my day.

Barred Owl Adult
Barred Owl Adult

May 16, 2021

Barred Owl Owlet

The establish pair of Barred Owls at Magnolia Plantation had two chicks this year but it seems just one survived once they left the nest.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

I saw them peeking from the nest the first week of April so this one must be at least 8 or 9 weeks old.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

Not a reliable flyer yet, he will depend on his parents for food for several more weeks when they’ll start to teach him how it’s done.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

One of the parents was watching from 100 feet (30 Meters) away; the other may have been right there, too, but I didn’t see him.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

May 16, 2021

Red-shouldered Hawk, Early Morning

Ted and I took a stupendous boat tour at Okefenokee Swamp a few days ago.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk was the first bird of the day, shortly after sun rise.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He looks a little tattered, but he had no trouble with his flight skills.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000-acre, peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida line in the United States. A majority of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness.