Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Tame Barred Owl

Even though Barred Owls occur commonly throughout the state of Indiana I still feel lucky when I find one. I went out in the evening looking for migrant passerines when I found this owl. This Barred Owl made up for the lack of migrants. He was the most cooperative Barred Owl I have seen. He never flew away from the time I stopped my car next to him to the time I left and most the time he payed no attention to me at all. It was getting dark so I had to push the ISO high to get this shot resulting in the low quality of the picture but I was just happy to get a picture of him at all.




3 comments:

Kelly said...

...it's a gorgeous photo...I love the composition and the feel of approaching darkness (not to mention his beautiful face).

Paula Nadine said...

What a wonderful shot of one of my favorite species of owl. You have captured it's beautifully!

Chris Townsend said...

Apparently some barred owls are not intimidated by humans. I've had several perch near the back of my house for hours at a time without being spooked away by humans or dogs. But even more amazing is my daughter's story (see pics and comments on Facebook for Wendy Townsend Eaton). They have had a barred owl grabbing their chickens. I don't know all the details yet, but first my son-in-law was able to pick it up and have his pic taken with it. Then today it came back again and they were able to pick it up again without any effort. This time my young grandson held it while having his pic snapped. The owl made no attempt to injure the humans or fly away. It only left when they threw it up in the air. I'm so jealous I wasn't there to see it up close. . .