Category Archives: Raptor

Barred Owl, Two Views

I’m reasonably sure that these two images are of the same Barred Owl. I first spotted him in a little glen  where I have previously seen a pair. It was late afternoon and as the sun got lower the light filtered through a gap in the trees behind me.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

After a bit the Owl flew towards a small pond and I continued my walk. As I suspected the Owl didn’t go far, or his mate was here the whole time.  The trees were much denser and it was darker here, but still a nice view of a beautiful bird.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawks around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are pretty tolerant of people passing by.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Rear View
Red-shouldered Hawk – Rear View

With human foot traffic mostly limited to paths due to the various ponds and swamps the raptors have a lot of space that is just theirs.

Red-shouldered Hawk - Front View
Red-shouldered Hawk – Front View

This one took off over a swamp with a “I’m traveling” flap of his wings, not “I’m going for prey” dive giving me a nice level view.

Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight
Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight

The best thing about winter is leaf-less limbs, that often can be in the image without obscuring a passing bird.

Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight
Red-shouldered Hawk In Flight

Barred Owl and Mate

I returned to the Owl area about an hour after taking the images in my post Barred Owl, Cozy In The Sun to find the Owl in the same spot, perhaps shifted a bit with the sun.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Barred Owls haven’t been spotted in this immediate area for months and I wondered if this was one of the parents of last year’s Barred Owl Owlet . And also if the mate might also be around.

I wandered around the small pond and saw a large white splat on the ground. Looking up, there s/he was.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Because the two owls were so close together, maybe 150 feet (45 Meters) I’m reasonably sure they are a couple. An interloper, even last year’s young, would be driven off.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

January 28, 2021

Barred Owl, Cozy In The Sun

A passing photographer shared this Barred Owl’s location; I’m not sure I would have spotted it unless it moved when I was right there.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

He was puffed up for the cold and wind, and appeared to be snoozing, but did rouse enough for a bit of grooming on his gigantic claw.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

The resurrection fern just to the left of the owl on the  Live Oak branch was looking good after the previous day’s rain around 1 1/2 inches ( 4 cm) .

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Eagle: Fish for Dinner

In a new flight pattern this fall and winter, I’ve seen Bald Eagles flying over the pond with the Great Blue Heron rookery. A couple of weeks ago I saw one go by and about four minutes later one came back with a fish in his claws.

Bald Eagle Flying With Fish
Bald Eagle Flying With Fish

I can’t say for certain its the same bird but given their territorial nature it is likely, making that a pretty efficient dinner run.

Bald Eagle Flying With Fish
Bald Eagle Flying With Fish