Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Barred Owl

Bluejays were throwing a fit one evening, so upon closer inspection, I discovered the source of their angst.  This barred owl was starting his night hunt in the trees ringing around the pond.


"Who cooks for you?  Who cooks for y'all?"

Click here for a sample of their famous call.
The wooded area on the other side of the pond often sounds like this.

87 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

What a GREAT picture! ...:)JP

Changes in the wind said...

Love that you added the sounds...made my dogs real confused.

Nordis said...

Beautiful pictures.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Those pictures are amazing!
(And here I thought I was doing good by getting photos of the dove in the hanging basket on my front porch...???!)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, I like the variety you show in your posts. Great shots of the Owl! Look at those eyes! Have a super nice day today!

Johi said...

I love owls, but not as much as Thing 1! Great shots!

Debbie said...

is there ANYONE who does not live at your pond??? oooohhhh yes, that would be me!!!!

these are great pictures and i love that you have been adding sound for us!!!

and what about those bluejays....they always think they own the place!!!

Buttons said...

Oh he or she is beautiful. B

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

he is so beautiful.

i love those birds. great captures!

betty xx

Margaret said...

You captured an owl! Love it... and the sounds are delightful.

Vintage West said...

I love owls, this is wonderful :)

That Janie Girl said...

How beautiful! Thanks for the sound effects!!

Judy said...

Wow, what a great shot of him. I just love their face.

Clint said...

She's a wise old bird.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh my,you got great shots of this one.Thanks to the blue jays fro giving the alert.

Paula said...

OMIGOSH~ I love owls! I can't believe you got a picture of it in the daylight... so COOL!
He/she is so beautiful.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I'm surprised he didn't fly off when he spotted you! We have barn owls at our place and I just love spying on them:)

Amila Kanchana said...

Really cool bird,I love it!

Arija said...

What a beauty he is too! Thanks for including the call as well. What is it about owls that makes them so loveable even if they are predators?

Farm Girl said...

I totally love that, I love owls so much and that is such a great shot.

Paula said...

Me again... just thought you might like to know- I played the owl sound and Lily has turned the house upside down looking for it. *LOL*

Woody said...

Excellent! Owls are so interesting and beautiful birds.

joo said...

Wow, I do love owls and your photos are terrific!

don said...

I enjoyed hearing the sounds of the owl and your pond's sounds. The sounds are so natural and appealing. Great place just to sit and listen. Nice owl shot. I especially like those which feature the owl's eyes. Well done.

Deb said...

what a cutie

Cher' Shots said...

I love owls. How cool that you got such great pics! Wish I had a camera with us on a walk a couple of years ago. We saw a HUGE owl, but don't recall what kind it was off-hand. Thanks for sharing yours.
'love & hugs from afar'

Marissa ♥ said...

Wow! Great shot! I scared my hunny to death when I played the first clip- he ran over to look out the window thinking it was outside. Hahaha! (He then realized it was coming from the computer)

Great audio clips, I love hearing them!

Furry Bottoms said...

Oh, those eyes~ Wow!!!

Pricilla said...

He's beautiful!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

How cute is he?!?!?!

Sandra said...

wow, love it. the sound does sound like who cooks for you. our owls here are little screech owls and make a wonderful soft noise.

edenhills said...

Bet there is good hunting by the pond. Nice pictures.

Teresa

Flora said...

He is cute...we usually have an owl in the trees by our place...haven't seen or hear him yet!

Angela said...

Great pictures! He is so beautiful! It has been a long time since I've seen an owl around my house. I do hear them though!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Sall's Country Life said...

Cool! We see owls from afar, never this close and personal! Who cooks for youooooo! Funny!

The Village Queen said...

Thats so cool!! Thats a treat not ever seen around here. Thanks!

Gary said...

Absolutely wonderful eyes!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada. PS How do you comment so fast? I was barely posted.

The Hunter's Wife said...

Great pictures!

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

Fabulous pictures! Thanks for the audio.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow. Would love to get shots of an owl. These are great!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Great captures.
Costas

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Those are great shots! I have some of a long eared owl and another owl species that I've been a bit reluctant to post as they are not too good. Now seeing these photos...well you can well imagine what I am thinking now.

Jill said...

Hmmm...I wonder if MY barred owl moved to Texas! Great shots.

holdingmoments said...

Those eyes are amazing.
I love the sound he makes too, and the sounds from the woods.

Zondra Art said...

Great pictures!
Have a nice day.

Robin said...

T, great shots. I really like owls!
I went to a lecture by a biologist recently. It was about owls. The lecturer could imitate owl call perfectly. It was quite amazing

Ms. Becky said...

those EYES! all the better to see Bluejays. excellent shots.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant pictures and the noise, perfection.

City Life to Ranching Wife said...

ooooo how pretty!

Jennifer said...

Cool pics. I think owls are so pretty.

missing moments said...

I have to get my owl fix from you ... haven't seen any in my neck of the woods!

Louise said...

Wow! You get the most fantastic birds! And, those are great shots.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cool pic and he certainly sees YOU!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the owl. :)

Ishtar said...

Beautiful bird!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

You always amaze me with your incredible bird shots. These are wonderful, as always!! -Tammy p.s. I follow birds & bloom mag on facebook.. they were looking for a 'southwest' blogger. i thought of you - don't know if you'd be interested, but I had to get that off my chest :D you'd be perfect!!

Andrew said...

A beautiful owl to see and fantastic images... the eyes are stunning.

Samantha said...

Incredible shots!!!
How lucky to have an owl so close. I rarely see ours unless they swoop by.

heyBJK said...

Very cool, T! I love listening to owls at night!

Kerry said...

I love barred owls, despite the fact that they are bad guys here in the NW, out-competing all of the native species like crazy. John can successfully call them in, which is fun to observe.

Springman said...

Fantastic sighting! I would not see a owl if I drove a herd of mice through the woods. It's been ages sence I've seen one and I get a little excited at the mere mention. Cheers!

BirdingMaine said...

Fabulous captures of the Barred Owl! Love the "looking right at you" photo.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

I am NUTS for owls! They are awsome!

Once, a long time ago, I had the chance to touch a young owl. It was a beautiful experience, and the best part was that, when I carried it, my fingers went through the feathers and I actually touched it's body, which was not as big as it looked. It is like a small child wearing dad's coat.

The sounds you have around you are music to my ears!
xxxxxxx

mick said...

Great photos of the owl and I love the sounds.

bon bon said...

love it! i could easily sleep with that orchestra going on outside the window.

Deb said...

hoo hoo hoo hoo...cute...

wayside wanderer said...

Very cool! Poor B-Jays.

Carletta said...

How very cool!
I love that second shot and those eyes.
Wonderful capture!
Carletta's Captures

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Great capture, T. He sure was giving you the eye. :)

Patrice said...

Your bird photos are amazing!

Susan said...

Great shots - how special :D)

Kim, USA said...

Yeah that is so cute. Wish I could see an own in person ^_^

Duck photo shoot

Rose said...

There was one in our neighborhood a couple or three weeks ago but I didn't see him.

I first heard him and thought some one was outside talking..then thought no, that sounds like an old man and it is kids that live next door...so I went outside and heard those same lines myself.

Roan said...

My Hubby cooks for me. ;)
I had to follow the link and listen. Owls are scarce around here. Again, lucky you!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Great, great capture. I don't believe I've ever seen an owl in the wild . . .

Bill S. said...

A beautiful bird that I wish to see some day. Great pictures.

Kathy said...

I'm so envious. I've never even seen an owl! And I've always wanted to!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice picture - I always think owls in the daylight look a bit shocked. They may well look shocked at night as well, but I cant see them to find out!

Cheers - Stewart M

barbara l. hale said...

Wow!!!

Barb said...

Great shots! I'd love to catch a photo of an owl!

Jean said...

I hear them more than see them. I love how he is looking straight at you.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of that beautiful bird! Thanks for including the sound. You can always depend on those Blue Jays to sound the alarm!

forestwalk/laura k said...

GREAT pictures!! we have a pair or Barred's that hang in the back here...i love it when they start with that screaming...jungle like call!

Allison said...

Honestly? I wish somebody else would cook for us all these days. I'm sick of it! :D :D

Sondra said...

WOW..what luck to have one right there!! Great shot.

Larry said...

Excellent capture of the Barred Owl! I love hearing owl calls late at night when everything else is quiet. They are such beautiful birds.

Pat Ulrich said...

Such a lovely bird! Really nice find!

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