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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

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

Barred Owl – Looking Right At Me

If I hadn’t seen the Barred Owl fly up into this tree I might have walked by without noticing him. He sure saw me. It was a spot I’ve passed many times but never seen much happening. Rather dark with a heavy tree canopy, it’s not far from the bamboo area where a juvenile has been learning to hunt. I looked around to see if junior was here too, but didn’t spot him. Or maybe this was him, all grown up—it happens fast.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

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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