Category Archives: Raptor

Barred Owl Portrait

This morning the male Barred Owl did land in a sunny spot over the pond while he was hunting and I was in a good spot. I didn’t know until later, but the female and owlet were in the trees behind me waiting for their breakfast.

Barred Owl Portrait
Barred Owl Portrait

Today was the first time I’d been to the swamp in a week due to the extreme heat we’ve been having. We went early and were home by noon. It was already 95 F (35 C).

Barred Owl in Bamboo

This stand of Bamboo is drooping over a small pond making a perch for a Barred Owl to watch the water for food. After much waiting he dropped down and snatched a crayfish, action I did not capture.

Barred Owl in Bamboo
Barred Owl in Bamboo – click image for larger view

When there is a little breeze these hollow Bamboo stalks make pleasing percussion sounds, and occasionally cause a concentrating photographer jump.

Barred Owlet Camoflaged

It would be easy to walk right underneath this Barred Owl Owlet without even knowing he was there. I probably have more than a few times!

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet, Toenails showing

The adult that was with him for his Eating Lesson had flown off to sit over the pond, leaving the little fellow on his own.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

He was somewhat covered by the pine boughs and his coloration seen from a predator above would blend in with his surroundings. When I was leaving I saw the other parent a few trees away keeping his eye on the area.

Barred Owl Owlet
Barred Owl Owlet

Barred Owl Owlet Eating Lesson

It turns out that the Barred Owls I’ve been watching have a chick. The first time I spotted him he was getting a feeding lesson from one of his parents. The adult demonstrated then passed the item, which I could not identify, to the owlet.

Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat
Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat

They were very high off the ground and many branches prevented a good view. These owls are very accustomed to people passing by. With hundreds of acres available to nest they chose a spot near a popular walking path through Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat
Barred Owl Owlet Learning to Eat