Tag Archives: Barred Owl

Raccoon: Backyard Shenanigans

After finding my backyard bird feeder on the ground two mornings in a row I put up the trail cam.

Ah ha! I had brought the feeder in, but there was plenty of seed scattered around the ground.

Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole
Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole

A couple of nights later, I discovered the Raccoon had company: check out the pair of eyes on the fence, just to the left of the pole.

Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge
Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge

Here’s a low quality 20 second video where you can see the owl’s eyes change as it turns its head.

Update: depending on how you are viewing this post, the video may not play. On Ted’s iPad, viewing through WP Reader, the controls are visible but nothing happens šŸ™.

The raccoon came back about an hour later and there was no sign of the Owl. The camera had not picked up his movements coming or going.

I’m identifying the bird as a Barred Owl based on size and regularly hearing one in the area.

GardePro A3 Trail Camera

Sunspot On Barred Owl

Dappled sunlight was reaching the tree where this Barred Owl was perched.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Alas, only his tail was to be lit up.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

After a bit he dove down and gave the appearance of clutching prey under water.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

But, he came up with nothing and chose a different perch to continue his hunt.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
June 10, 2022

Barred Owl On Trident Limb

I took this image back in May and it’s not a whole lot different than others I’ve taken of this Barred Owl or its mate–who could tell them apart?

I do like the three-pronged stick, and of course the Owl, so cameĀ  back to it.

We are in the summer doldrums here in SC as far as seeing many birds. Those that were here to breed have mostly scattered and the locals are hiding from the heat and rain.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

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