Tag Archives: Owl

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 in Bamboo Grove

A pair of Barred Owls frequents the pond near this stand of bamboo looking for food. This owl had just had an unsuccessful attempt to catch a noisy bullfrog.

Barred Owl on Bamboo
Barred Owl on Bamboo

The bullfrog stopped his song but the owl flew away with nothing in his talons. The owl chose a spot with a good view of the pond to watch and listen for his next opportunity.

Barred Owl on Bamboo
Barred Owl on Bamboo

Native bamboo was grown on the plantations in South Carolina to create natural barriers to help keep livestock in and keep predators out. Today it makes a beautiful addition to some of the area gardens and museum properties.

Eurasian Eagle Owl Close Up

With a six and one half foot (two meter) wing span the Eurasian Eagle Owl is the largest owl in the world. Orange eyes and luxurious feathers make them quite distinctive, not to mention those big ear tufts.

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl

Found throughout Europe and Asia, they can weigh up to six pounds (2.75 KG).

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl

The stare was quite intense!

Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle-owl, Bubo bubo

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Ural Owl

The Ural Owl is a medium-sized nocturnal owl found in Europe and northern Asia. They are in the same genus, Strix, as the locally more familiar Barred Owl.

Ural Owl
Ural Owl

The close ups below were taken with the Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 55-210 mm lens.

Ural Owl
Ural Owl

The ridge of feathers at the edge of the face create a disc, which works to trap and focus sound.

Ural Owl
Ural Owl

Ural Owl, Strix uralensis

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Spectacled Owl Chicks

The Center for Birds of Prey has an active breeding program. The chicks they raise are used in educational programs here and also are swapped to other similar facilities around the US.

These cuties were not on the schedule for our Photography Day, but conditions were good for these two Spectacled Owl chicks to come out and strut their stuff.

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

Well, mostly they  just sat; they could walk and did a little wing flapping. I neglected to note how old they are, somewhere in the few week range.

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

Cuteness times two:

Spectacled Owl Chick
Spectacled Owl Chick

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Barn Owl

Excellent eye sight and hearing make the Barn Owl top-notch night time hunters. They have been the subject of numerous studies of their senses, including experiments where the readily locate mice in a room with no light.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

The Barn Owl’s speckled earth tone feathers help it hide during the day, and make it a striking bird to my eye.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Showing off his wings with a stretch, this fellow was quite sedate for his photography session.

Barn Owl Stretching His Wings
Barn Owl Stretching His Wings

Barn Owl, Tyto alba

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Savigny’s Eagle Owl

I spent Earth Day photographing birds of prey at an avian conservation center. This opportunity is part of the center’s education mission, along with research, conservation and providing medical care to injured raptors and large shore birds.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl

The first owl we photographed was a Savigny’s Eagle Owl, a native of much of northern Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl

The variable brown coloring is a camouflage asset in its home desert regions.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl – profile

Savigny’s Eagle Owl, Bubo ascalaphus

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.