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Burrowing Owl, Center For Birds of Prey, 2

Continued from Burrowing Owl, Center For Birds of Prey, 1

New to the educational  program at the Center for Birds of Prey since the last time I was there was a Burrowing Owl.

The little Burrowing Owl (about 5 ounces, 150gm)  is quite striking.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl

Scanning the sky for safety, the Burrowing Owl was aware of any movement overhead.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl, Scanning the Sky

The presenters are also on the lookout for hawks and other predators which have been known to drop in on their programs. On this day we only saw Black Vultures and Anhinga passing by.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl, Radio Transmitter Wire Showing

Without any apparent preparation, the owl dropped into flight.

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl, Radio Transmitter Wire Showing

The Center for Birds of Prey,  Awanda, SC
June 24, 2021

Burrowing Owl, Center For Birds of Prey, 1

New to the educational  program at the Center for Birds of Prey since the last time I was there was a Burrowing Owl.

A small fake burrow has been set up at the flight demo area where this female zipped through the tunnels a few times.

Burrowing Owl Demonstration Mound
Burrowing Owl Demonstration Mound

At about 5 ounces (150g) these owls are small and fast, both in the air and running.

Burrowing Owl, Running
Burrowing Owl, Running

Like all of the demonstration birds in this program, the owl was sporting a radio transmitter in case of “unauthorized absence.”

Burrowing Owl, Perched
Burrowing Owl, Perched

She is also trained to perch on the handler’s glove, where you can see the relative size of this little owl.

Burrowing Owl, On Handler's Glove
Burrowing Owl, On Handler’s Glove

The Center for Birds of Prey,  Awanda, SC
June 24, 2021

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.