The Barred Owl and the Kindness of Strangers (Four Photographs)

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While walking in the woods another photographer asked us if we had seen the Barred Owl, and walked back to make sure we found it. It was out of his way but great for us. Bad lighting, colorcasts etc. seem to be my experience with Owls. A lot of work goes into getting the colors right, fixing huge shifts in lighting. Not a big surprise because owls like to sleep during the day and avoid the bothersome crows (the latter defending their turf and nests). Just once I would like to photograph an owl out in the open!




12 responses

  1. These are beautiful!


    February 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

  2. We had a similar kindness in a Florida swamp. Person gave us point by point to find a tiny Screech Owl in a hole, 20 feet up. Never would have seen him. If the bird is safe I try to pay it back when I can.


    February 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

  3. You might look to see if there are any raptor rehabilitation centers near you. There happens to be a man in my town and he welcomes visitors. He has many barred owls of late, sadly due to car collisions. Most are returned to the exact spot they were found and others that can no longer survive on their own go to nature centers for education. So while they are in a cage, they are technically wild. It may not interest you, but I read your wish to see an owl out in the open and thought of the rehab centers.


    February 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    • We have a bit rehab center. However, they are very protective of the owls. I’ll keep looking in the forest.


      February 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  4. It must be owl night!

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    February 8, 2017 at 5:40 pm

  5. Excellent photos, Victor — the detail is astounding!


    February 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  6. those shots are phenomenal


    March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

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