Spring Walkabout | Barred Owl

Spring Walkabout | Barred Owl

Spring Walkabout | Barred Owl  Although the Barred Owl is mostly active at night, it sometimes hunts in the daytime as well.  This Barred Owl was hunting as I was hiking on the trail in a heavily wooded forest preserve.  After missing its prey, it perched in a tree along the trail.  It really blends into its surroundings.  Without bins, finding a Barred Owl in a forest is nearly impossible; even with bins, it’s difficult.  The only way I’ve been able to spot owls in the forest is to watch where it lands when it flies.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Spring Walkabout | a 7 Image Story.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Although the Barred Owl is mostly active at night, it will also sometimes hunt in the daytime.  Tonight, just after sunset, on my walkabout, this Barred Owl was hunting as I was walking down the trail in a heavily wooded, swampy forest preserve.  It favors dense, thick woods with scattered clearings, especially with low-lying, swampy areas.  After missing its prey, it perched in a tree along the trail.  This image isn’t the best given the high ISO.  Still, it gives a sense of what one might uncover on a walkabout in the woods.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

This Barred Owl seems to frequent a neighbor’s backyard.  Even with a tele-converter, it’s hard to get close enough for a good image in low light conditions.  Since he hangs around the area, hopefully I’ll get more opportunities to capture a nice image.  You would think that he would be easy to see against the white snow on the branches, but actually he really blends into the background.  A good set of bins makes it easier.