Barred Owl -- Strix varia
Looking for Lunch
An account with photographs of a barred owl, Strix varia, looking for lunch.
2004 February 25
I was too lazy to go snow shoeing this morning. However, by mid morning I felt the need to stack some firewood to assuage my feelings of guilt. But from the small bird activity — mainly chickadees — it was obvious something was up. Then I spotted this guy — a barred owl looking for lunch behind the wood pile.
The morning photography was difficult because of the lighting. Eventually, I got bored with taking multiple mediocre shots of a poorly lit, branch-obstructed view of an owl. I tossed one of my work gloves down the drive way. The owl immediately swooped down and took up a perch where he could get a better view of the glove. Clearly, one could have a lot of fun with a casting rod and a rubber mouse.
I tried a closer approach, but the owl retreated.
In any case, I managed to get a couple of useable shots. I returned to the house and put together and posted the first version of this page. However, in the early afternoon, I realized that the owl was still around and was now hunting in our front yard. The afternoon was much better for photography and all of the shots shown here were shot in the afternoon.
I never did get that wood stacked.