Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Barred Owl for WBW

Our barred owls are still hanging around.  One showed up when there was enough light left in the day to allow me a few photos.

Yes, I used a flash so the red-eye is prevalent, once again.
The owl humored me enough to allow me to walk around to get some of the tree branches out of the line of sight.

He was never that concerned by my presence. 



147 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is one cooperative owl. Great pictures.

Catherine said...

What a treat to have an Owl living so close by. Beautiful!
xo Catherine

Gone Country said...

How cool! I would love to get pictures of the owls that I hear around our place but they never show up when there's any daylight out.

Dan Huber said...

wonderful find - I keep looking but haven't found a barred yet. Superb photos

dan

Giga said...

Prześliczne zdjęcia. Czerwone oczy mi nie przeszkadzają, nadają zdjęciom efektu :-). Pozdrawiam

Jill said...

These are fantastic shots. You are so lucky he was so cooperative. Perhaps you are The Owl Whisperer. :)

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Meagane said...

Those spooky eyes!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Those are amazing shots. I've never seen an owl - except at our local Living Museum. So nice that he obliged you!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Awesome Tex! Hugely AWESOME!

Javier Guri said...

Great series.
They are symbols of luck.
Greetings.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

How cool is this? Beautiful series. :)

Melodie said...

It is the elusive Zombie Owl! We had an owl experience before dawn this morning.Though a coon was in the chicken pen,turns out it was an owl trying to eat a chicken that lives in the goat pen.First time I have ever seen one here. Nothing like two middle age people scrambling in the dark to find shoes flash lights and shotguns! Once we saw it was an owl and not a coon we put down the guns!

Ellie said...

Wow, that's amazing that the owl sat for you without moving. You managed to get some lovely shots.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a lucky find -- he looks to be a rather large fellow. Super photos, T. :)

Tiffany said...

Wow...Just beautiful, he sat so still for you, again, just beautiful.

Tiffany

Lois Evensen said...

Very, very nice! The red-eye is actually pretty cool for an owl. :)

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Great shots! I tried in vain to get an owl to move so I could get a couple better shots a year ago in eastern WA... but no, he just hunkered down. He's a beauty!

V.L. Locey said...

What a beautiful bird!

Sandra said...

he is so beautiful. i am so jealous. great shots and so glad he showed up early. that is unusual for them to be out in the daylight, isn't it? love your header, you got all the sweet animals and you in it.

Roan said...

I love the low light in the background. Every one of these is worthy of one of your animal portraits, but that next to the last 2 are my favorite with the splash of green. I'm a bit partial to the side view for some reason.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOVE the new header!!

What a gorgeous owl. I just love owls. :-)

Dicky Bird said...

WOW awesome pictures!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - I love those pictures - AWESOME! sandie

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Really great job capturing him! How cool!

stardust said...

Red-eyed owl looks mysteriously charming! Great shots!

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots! He's a beautiful owl.

Sherry said...

Great picture! It's hard to get a pic of an owl...good job!

Nordis said...

Very nice photo series.
Greetings
Nordis

trav4adventures said...

I have yet to get a photo of an owl in the wild. Great shots!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Very nice! I can't believe he just sat there and let you take your shots. Lucky you.

parker said...

Who! Who! Who are you!! Great shots you captured of this Owl!

wayside wanderer said...

That is one beautifully arrayed bird! I especially love seeing those feathers on his belly.

latebloomerbuds said...

I could scream! I love owls. Never see them. I would faint and not be able to get a photo. Well, maybe not faint, but you know, be too excited to grab my camera, even from my pocket. Nice T. Margie

Judy said...

I can hear them but I never see them...only that one time. Love these shots!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a fine contribution for WBW. So nice of him to allow you to photograph him as he did. I'd love to be given such an opportunity.

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Oh I love him! Great pics. It is so much fun watching our owl-I am never quite sure who is the stalker...him or me...

Clint said...

Beautiful shots of a magnificent animal.

Bitch said...

Beautiful shots from this fellow.
Lucky you to get that close!!!

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures! I love their eyes! What a delight to have them so close to your house and be able to see them frequently! Terrific! Hope you have a beautiful day!

Sylvia

heyBJK said...

Great pictures! I actually like the red eye effect. Makes him seem more sinister! They blend in very well with the trees.

Deb said...

what a beautiful owl...love your new header too...

Rita said...

Now that's bird confidence. Not even concerned about a mere human and her flash. Magnificent bird! :)

Susan said...

Wow, awesome bird and awesome photos! The birds love you I'm convinced!

holdingmoments said...

What a great poser.

Texan said...

I do love Owls, they sure love the chickens.

JGR said...

Owls are one of my favorite birds in the woods. We had one though living behind an apartment I had some years back and that thing was loud as could be. People even said some small dogs in the neighborhood were going missing. I saw him once, he was huuuuge!

Evelyn S. said...

This bird is a stately...and rather scary-looking...owl! Beautiful captures, as always. I love your new blog header..seeing you among the images of your life, too!

Bob Bushell said...

The Barred Owl was tending for yourself to come along, and sitting for to be on the photos.

Furry Bottoms said...

"Bow down to me, folks, for I am your Lord the scurvy Owl. I preside over your tree, your branches, your leaves, your nuts and squirrels!"

Er, does that explain the lack of squirrels lately?

Hilda R.B said...

Love to take photos of the owl!!! You are so lucky to have it near you.
Have a great week to you.
Greetings from Hilda

EG Wow said...

Lucky you to have captured an owl with your lens!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Wonderful photos, Theresa! The owl looks rather other-worldly!

Manzanita said...

What a QT. Owls are fascinating to look at. You once talked about a picture being many words and I just looked and looked at each picture until I got my fill. Thanks, it was enlightenment.

DeanO said...

Such a magnificent and powerful bird. As always - great photographs

polkadotpeticoat said...

You found my favorite bird!
lovely photos....

SweetMarie said...

These are amazing photos! He looks like a BIG guy!

Ron said...

Very, Very nice!! I like these a lot.

Angad Achappa said...

Nice images, i think the red-eye due to the flash can be corrected...

Margaret said...

First of all - I love the header! I must learn how to do that. And the owl... his red eyes work for me! :) Stunning.

pattisjarrett said...

Maybe the owl was as curious about you. :)

Martha Z said...

I'm amazed that he was so patient with the flash. Owls are a subject that have so far eluded my photography.

Flora said...

What great pictures!! He is beautiful!

Cher' Shots said...

I'm fascinated by owls ~ one of my favorite birds! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics.
'love & hugs from afar'

Candy C. said...

The owl was probably thinking "Oh, it's just that nice lady who likes to take my picture!"
Love the new header pictures!

Landbohaven said...

Smukke billeder.
Tak for kigget.

Barbara said...

So cool!!!

Haddock said...

Great pics. I wonder how it would be if we could remove the red eye effect.

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see never mind capture images of.. a superb post.

Larry Ostby said...

How special is that. A cooperative Barred Owl is a real treat. Thanks T he's beautiful.

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Gillian Olson said...

Wow, great pictures, these guys don't often sit still for long enough to get a picture.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh what a treat..I don't have any photos of owls..I would love to see one in person...

Chip Allen said...

I kind of like the red eye. Excellent series!

IanH said...

Great photos! You raise the bar yet again.

Karen said...

Amazing captures! I kinda like the red-eyes.

Woody said...

It was very thoughtful of the owl to let you roam around and take so many pictures, these are freekin' awesome! What a majestic creature.

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

wonderful photos! We have an owl that comes to sit in our cedar tree sometimes. I have heard him but not seen him yet!

Julie G. said...

Wow, awesome captures! I wish the Barred Owls on our property would be as cooperative as your owl. I have not been able to get a decent photo in the 5 years that we have owned the property. It certainly is a pleasure viewing this handsome owl, though.

CameraCruise said...

Wow, fantastic shots!
What a beautiful bird.
I hear an owl here, but I've never seen one.

Mom of M&Ms said...

great shots!!! so envious.. although a coyote did run out in front of us by the kids school yesterday.. Odd, to be so visible at 3 in the afternoon, and of course me with no camera..

Loving that new header!!!!

Robin said...

T, great shots! Lovely owl. I do like owls! I haven't seen many though.
Wow, 80 comments! You are developing quite a following! And for good reason!

Pricilla said...

He is a pretty boy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures of the owls, Theresa. He is really posing for the camera, isn't he????? I am fascinated with owls --but have never seen on in the wild before...

Hugs,
Betsy

lisa said...

How lucky you were to be able to capture these, and what a stunning series this is! I have never seen an owl in the wild, and I am sure that if I ever do, I will be too in awe to even think about my camera!

magda said...

How did he stood as a model?
Congratulations !!!!!
The new heading you are beautiful, but more you!!!
Many greetings and kisses

Kerin said...

Amazing creatures.
It never gets old seeing an owl.

Great pictures!

Hilke Breder said...

Wow, those eyes!! Awesome photos - I am so envious!

Lynnie said...

Amazing shots! Just lovely! thanks for sharing

mick said...

Great photos. The plumage patterns on the bird are beautiful and I really like the pale color of the sky behind.

Christine said...

Love, love, love! I love owls! lol

MarieElizabeth said...

Gorgeous, red eye an all! Love the new header and layout. Very nice colors.

Angela Häring-Christen said...

You make pictures with flash and the owl is sitting and waiting and looking!
Please can you send this owl to Switzerland? ;-)
Great pictures!
Many Greetings, Angela

Carole Meisenhelter said...

oh wow; just love it! What fun to be out photographing this owl; how handsome!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whoa, you got some really good ones!! Amazing these are in low light.

Arija said...

Lucky you! Great shots. You can easily correct the red-eye with either the photo programme that comes with your camera or on photoshop. I corrected it on the kangaroo in my Our World post and the eyes came up beautifully.

Gary said...

Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful! LOVE these. You're so fortunate that he sat still for the photo op!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh my what a stunning guy. It is a magical moment to capture this .
Love him / or her

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful looking owl!!

Sall's Country Life said...

Wow, these are great photos! Very cooperative indeed! Those eyes are devilish, look out little prey!

Adam Tilt said...

Fantastic owls and love the new header image on your blog.

Modesto Viegas said...

Very good pictures!
Regards,

eileeninmd said...

Always cool to see an owl, great photos.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Flash or no flash, your photos are always great! Great capture and I kind of like those spooky red eyes :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Glad you kept that "Red-eye" in the pictures. I like owls but have seldom seen any here in TN and never yet at my new home. Have a wonderful Wed. tomorrow!

Hilary said...

Wow.. he sure is a beauty. You got some wonderful shots.. I'm so impressed!

Millie said...

What a lovely model you have!

KAT said...

WowZAAAA Love the Owl Photos !!!What color are his eyes ?

Kat

Michaele said...

Oh wise one! So glad he was cooperative. I used to have two great horned owls. I will always love owls.

dr momi said...

I think the red eyes look cool on th owl!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

WOW!! How beautiful... the flash-red-eye gives him an other-worldly look. Love it. blessings ~ tanna

Randy said...

Wise looking owl.

Springman said...

Comment 113! Wow!
You must have been thrilled to have met up with such a cooperative owl. I don't want to be a jealous person but your making it awfully hard. I want to see a owl so bad. I think I need to learn the trick of calling them in!
Cheers!

Kathiesbirds said...

Amazing shots! What a great look you got and then shared with us!

Rose said...

These are just simply awesome!

Faye said...

He "wisely" stayed put so you could get these great closeups? :-) I've actually never seen one this close--love its markings. Do they hang around your barns?

Linda R. said...

These are such wonderful shots. I would love to spot an owl!!

Hugs, Linda

Marie said...

Oh I am SOOO jealous! What wonderful barred owl photos! He is so handsome, and I am so happy he let you get a number of shots of him!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - what a great bird – it’s been a while since I've seen an owl!

May have to spend a few evenings out and about when I am on holiday.

I can see what you mean about the grebes looking similar.

Cheers - Stewart M.

Fotokarusellen said...

What a beauty. Great shots.

Dave said...

stunning..... an incredible opportunity.

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
Nothing camera-shy about this one!

Lynne said...

Amazing . . . YOU . . .
WHOOOO . . .

Joe said...

Great shots of a beautiful bird.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i envy your place! LOL!

great find! look at his eyes.


btw, your new header rocks!!

Ginger said...

Love your new header! We're having internet problems at home, so can only check in at work. Hoping to change my blog too.

Love your owl pictures too! Gorgeous!

AudreyO said...

Wow, those photos are gorgeous. I'm not sure I've ever seen an owl up close and personal like that.

Don said...

Love these shots!

Pat Tillett said...

Great! I know there are owls around us, but I've yet to get a photo of one yet! I love those faces...

sunflowerkat321 said...

I have heard owls around our house but never have never seen one. I can't believe this guy was willing to pose while you took so many shots. How exciting it must have been. WOW!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wowwee...how green-eyed I have just become,(actually I am green-eyed;~). for these are such marvelous images. It is a shame that you had to catch the glare of the eyes, and yet...just amazing opportunity grabbed and so beautifully posted. Theresa, these could almost pass for watercolour renderings...such grand detail captured and shared. Congrats~

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

These photos are just beautiful!

gowestferalwoman said...

"he was never concerned with my presence"...thats cuz' he couldnt see, with all the paparazzi flashes LOL he be one vain owl lol

Gorgeous shots!

Liz said...

Wonderful images of the owl! I am yet to find on and photograph it.

Snapper II said...

These Photos are way cool. I love them. I got pics of one, one time.
In the late dusk I can hear them but can not locate them.

Becca said...

Wow, that is so cool! You really got some nice shots!

Breathtaking said...

Seeing an owl in daylight is such a treat,what great shots!!We hear one every evening,but there is no, chance of photographing it.

chasity said...

oh... yay~ owls are my favorite!
you got some excellent shots.
how amazing.

i bet you could photoshop or some other method to remove the red-eye.

very very beautiful bird.

farmer said...

fantastic shots!
We hear them quite often but have only recently got to see one.
As my DH was posting our no hunting signs,one flew right at him,I think it was offended and thought the signs were for him not to hunt,lol

laurak@forestwalkart said...

YIKES!!!! i'm number 141!! no wonder my head is spinning...it's a long way down here!!

those are fantastic owl pictures!! we have a pair here too...but RARELY are they out and about when there's enough light left to take a decent picture! they used to be out during the day...last year...all the time, i could catch them sleeping. not yet this year!!

your owl pictures are the BEST!!

Country Mouse Studio said...

great shots I just have to think camera and the wildlife is gone :O(

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Awesome owl pics.The red eye effect enhances the image.

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

How beautiful! I love owls. I have a couple in my woods. I'm always looking up in the trees for them. I don't know what species they are but they are huge. And gorgeous, like this guy.

Beth Niquette said...

How perfectly lovely! What a nice owl--despite his red eyes--this is! lol I love the song they sing at night--wouldn't I LOVE to get this close to one!

Have a lovely day.

Here I Am Carrie Carrie said...

these are awesome photos. So glad he sat for you to get a clearer shot. I saw an tiny owl the other evening. Only about 8 inches tall. I did get some photos but nothing like these. I hear them here all the time but have only seen those tiny ones maybe 3 times in 20 years. So the other evening was still a big thrill for me to see one. Thanks for sharing

Quynh Le said...

I haven't seen a red eye barred owl before. Very interesting pictures.

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