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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

Barred Owl

I was delighted to find this Barred Owl perched over the bamboo pond yesterday morning. Reports from many of my photographer friends have been that the Barred Owl Owlet was feeding himself and neither he nor the adults had been spotted recently.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

I’m not sure if this is the chick from this year or one of the parents, or maybe a completely different owl. He did treat me to one swoop over the water then did some grooming.

Barred Owl Grooming
Barred Owl Grooming

I didn’t see him catch anything and he was content to look around.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

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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).