Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Barred Owl Pair

Although shooting these two at dusk with a flash, I could only manage one shot where both are in focus (and it happens to be the one where they've both turned away from me), I liked the shots well enough to post them anyway. I like the pink of the western setting sun behind them.







Their activity in the yard has reduced considerably over the past month or two. I'm assuming it is because they've raised their young and are not hunting like crazed lunatics to feed them.

168 comments:

Linda said...

What a wonderful opportunity - I had an owl in the trees behind my house years ago, long before I had anything but an instamatic camera...no photos. These are wonderful! Love them!

Comment1 said...

Spooky! Somehow the pink sky is really setting off the tree branches for me. Looks great!

Lynne said...

Great pictures Theresa! A sight to see indeed!

Cloudy said...

Bei uns ist es schon selten mal eine Eule zu sehen, vom Fot gar nicht zu reden, aber gleich ein Pärchen, das ist großartig...

Lieben Gruß
CL

✿ chica said...

Que bela foto, cheia de detalhes!beijos,chica

Dianna said...

Amazing - that pink sky really is the perfect backdrop!

Jeanne said...

What a perfect catch this is! These are such fascinating birds, and you did a great job of getting a photo. amazing! did you ever see their baby/ babies. Owl babies are so funny looking.

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos, Great you have seen them a lot.

Buttons said...

Wow Tex these are awesome. I have never seen an owl here on the farm I know how unlucky can I get.I keep hoping though. Awesome shots Thank you. B

Deb Crecelius said...

I've never seen two together;
this is so cool.
They are certainly intent on finding their prey...
all that looking here and there.
Nice series of shots...perfectly focused or not...doesn't matter.

Carole M. said...

how beautiful to have this pair on your property; very special; great photos

Roan said...

During my last visit to my daughter's house, we saw a barred owl in the afternoon. I was amazed, but before I could get my camera to focus it flew away. ;( Just my luck. Wonderful series of shots, in or our of focus.

Kathy said...

Great shots! I've never seen an owl in the wild. But a few days ago my mom and I saw a bald eagle! We were both mighty surprised. She says it's the first one she's ever seen here in her 91 years.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

They really are beautiful and it is great to see a pair. I hear owls early in the morning and have seen one in the woods behind the house. Too dense back there to get a good look. Lucky you and us that you got these shots!

edenhills said...

Amazing shots! I keep hearing my great horned owl pair around here, but I haven't seen them.

Sandra said...

they are just totally amazing to me, i would so love to see them in the wild. i like the one where they are looking away, reminds me of Jake and Baby when i turn the camera on them. the cold shoulder.

Janey and Co. said...

They are fantastic!

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful sighting!!

Hilary said...

Oh what a treat to have these two share your space. Gorgeous!

DJan said...

They are a good looking pair. I read that barred owls mate for life, so this pair will be raising many a brood in your tree.

Primitive Stars said...

Good Day, wow, that is so beautiful, love the pictures of the pair of Barred Owls. You were so lucky to spot them and get their picture, really neat. Blessings Francine.

Daryl said...

sweet couple .. clearly not fond of the paparazzi ;)

Paula said...

These are SO SO cool!!! Love how you got them with their heads turned! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Amazing how well they blend in with the tree.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Nice visitors to have! They are so very helpful in keeping critters away and they look cool.

Barb said...

Great captures! I love to get an owl shot!

bon bon said...

aww, such lovelies. i know we have some in the woods, but they never show themselves during daylight. i'll just have to keep coming here for visuals!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Amazing how they move in sync! Great photos!

bailey-road.com said...

How cool it is to see two together, let alone photograph them! Great shots of these beautiful birds.

Margie said...

I can't believe you saw them!!! Owls are so elusive, and oh how I love them! Such magnificent creatures. Good shots T!!

Jan n Jer said...

Wow...not one but two!!! Great shots!

Molly The Wally said...

Cool shots and it's nice to see a pair. Have a great day.
Best wishes Molly

Linda said...

I think you've done a great job of capturing images of this pair. What a treat to get them both in the same shots. The only thing better would have been to get some pictures of their young. Maybe next year...

Val said...

Double cool...2 owls and a pink sky!!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa.. These are so awesome, so glad you decided to share them!! I would give anything to see one I could get a photo of!! Unfortunately I only hear them!!
Thanks for your sweet comment on my post : }!!
Grace

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you have taken.
Hanne Bente

Donna said...

Such beautiful creatures!

orchid said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely owl couple with the pink setting sun♡♡♡ After reading whatyou you explained, they look a bit relaxed after the big job! Oh, I have never seen them nor the pinkish setting sun☆ How wonderful if I could have a chance♬♬♬
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Jill said...

These are beautiful! Love 'em.

Farm Girl said...

I always enjoy your shots of the owls. That is one thing I miss about living out here now is the owls have all moved on to other places.
They are beautiful birds.

Maple Lane said...

I love your photos and the sky is gorgeous, too.

JM said...

Two at a time. What a fantastic spotting!

MTWaggin said...

Owls are not easy subjects, you did good kid! To find two at a time is a real find.

M.B. said...

Wow!!!
Super photos.

M.B. said...

Wow!!!
Super photos.

Martie said...

Nice catch. You rarely see a pair of owls.

rainfield61 said...

You got a double bonus.

Texan said...

They are so great aren't they. You got some good pics and two of them together!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful finds and great shots.
Costas

Jane said...

Super photos Theresa, you have such a birds eye view from your home. Even with their red eyes I love em. Maybe they would be a good drawing project for you. You are one serious blogger, I am always so amazed at your responses and the grease lighting time you do so!

Red said...

These two really knew how to ignore and insult you. Great shots of birds that are very secretive and active at night.

ShySongbird said...

What beautiful birds they are Theresa! I would love to have owls in my garden...I can but dream.

Doing my usual catch up I also liked the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, I love herons! The Whistlers took my eye as always :-) and the bone picnic was great fun, what beauties your dogs are!

Congrats to Barbara on winning 'my' painting...I'm not at all jealouus ;-)

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Just hanging out, (looks like) enjoying the night life!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I like those 4 eyes staring at you in the first photo!

Dar said...

Awesome photos. I see another painting in the future. Hmmm, if I were an owl, maybe I could get rid of this crick in my neck.
BlessYa

Genie said...

Your property is a birder's paradice. You have a little bit of everything showing up. These are great photos. Awesome photography. Wish I were there for the grand tour. genie

islandwonder said...

Wonderful! I hear the owls all the time but rarely see them.

Ron said...

Now who's showing off! LOL

parker said...

Like these birds in their natural environment just doing what comes natural!

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Pretty amazing shots if I do say so! :)

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, a difficult one to photograph I bet. They are magnificent looking birds.

wayside wanderer said...

Very cool.

Furry Bottoms said...

My sister lives in a place where owls are everywhere. She's always worried to let any dogs she happens to be babysitting out in the backyard, especially ChiChi or a Yorkie... because she thinks the owls will swoop down and get them.

Patty Woodland said...

I'm sure. It's the same with the osprey here. The young are off on their own so not so much screeing and mad flying about

Jeevan said...

Great shots on the Owls! I liked so much the first one... where both staring at same. So nice :)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love the shot after the one of the back of their heads, looks like they are thinking "Yup, she is still there with that camera", LOL

don said...

A fine series of these great looking birds. I like the ones with red-eye which makes them show up so well. Nicely done!

Paula said...

Beautiful and they look so large. John always wants me to look back for him when he is pulling out onto a street. I tell him I don't have an owl neck.

Beth said...

What a treat this series of photos of the owls is. Beautiful shots.

Lindsjö taxar said...

What a great capture you´ve done. I only hear them in the dark at home.
Great pictures!

SweetMarie said...

You hit the jackpot with this couple! These are such gorgeous photos, love the colors!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

You are living in such a beautiful habitat for having rare species of birds moving in with you! This is exceptional. Photos are well, considering the time of day and your effort.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Lisa Gordon said...

Wow! those eyes are amazing.
Beautifully seen and captured!

Hilke Breder said...

Awesome images, Theresa! Those eyes like headlights in the dark - really stunning!

EG CameraGirl said...

Two barred owls to enjoy watching! Super!

Laura.M said...

Beautiful sunset with those owls!
A kiss.

Brian King said...

How cool to get two owls together! I'm still waiting to photograph my first one. Love the color behind them!

V.L. Locey said...

What a great opportunity! Thanks so much for sharing!

i stora drag said...

Very nice photos and so lucky you were getting them both in the same photo! I have never taken photos of owls!
Thanks for your comment!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

joo said...

I probably mentioned it earlier - owls are my favourite birds:)

NewMexiKen said...

The red eyes add to the charm!

Eyeliquor said...

Yup Double Cool :))

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Don't you just love how they camo into the trees?!?! Wonderful. Wonderful!! Love me some owls. ;)

ashok said...

spooky indeed!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautifully spook-tacular!

I love how the pink in the sky makes both the branches and the owls 'pop'.

Terri Buster said...

Wow! Not one, but two! I still can't seem to capture an owl (or a hummer). :(

barbara l. hale said...

They are so beautiful! Great job getting them to pose.

Susan said...

Wow, I can't imagine seeing an owl up that close. The best I see is one flying over. I really love these!

Łucja-Maria said...

Tex!
Photographs are perfectly
Two owls are beautiful....
Lucy

Jo's World said...

What an exciting group of pics, Tex! You really captured this pair beautifully.

Jo

Phil said...

I think you did really well to see both those owls at dusk. Getting such good shots was a bonus.

Bob Bushell said...

Difficult to get an owl on photos, but you did it. Brilliant Theresa.

Fábio Martins said...

Look at that two guys :-)

Ms. A said...

OH... now you need an Owl Box!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful to see and if you hadn't said so I wouldn't have noticed the focus at all, it was so nice to see them. Our dtr and sil had a pair of owls nest in their walnut tree last summer (not this year) and 'crazed lunatics' is a great description of them with those babies.

Michaele said...

My very favorite owl! I used to have two juveniles when I was in high school. Great shots. I hope you got to hear them too.

Ellie said...

What wonderful pictures - I love those red eyes staring out at me.

Anni said...

These photos are amazing...how they are so well camouflaged, that in itself is incredible how nature handles the survival by having them blend in so well with their environment.

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Elaine said...

Lovely photos! Wonderful to get two in the same shot.

Gary said...

Love those eyes!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

DeniseinVA said...

Brilliant! I think I would fall out of my shoes if I came across one owl, let alone two. Great shots!

Barbara said...

Very cool capture! Love that sunset in the background!

It's me said...

O wowwwwww....great !!!...love ....xxx...

Andee said...

I am so jealous I have been trying to get a picture of an owl for so long now. Great shots!

pattisjarrett said...

Yes, they are probably happy to have a few minutes to sit on the porch and watch the sun go down now that the youngsters have left the nest.
I don't know why wildlife can't be a little more cooperative with photographers. :)Great shots, anyway. Do you have mosquitoes to deal with? I know if I was out that time of day I'd be too busy fending them off to get any photos!
The sky is lovely wearing that color.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Very, very cool!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

How lucky to have them around to enable you to take these great photos.....those eyes are spooky


peter

mick said...

Great photos of the owls. The pink color of the sunset is beautiful behind the trees.

Adam Jones said...

Fantastic shots. Such big faces.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are so amazing. You're so lucky to have these nearby.

Sylvia K said...

I love these owls!! What great captures!!

eileeninmd said...

Very cool to get both of the owl in one shots. They are cool birds. Wonderful photos.

Catherine said...

Owls are truly my favorite bird. Fabulous!
xo Catherine

Randy said...

Nice looking owls.

Deb said...

awww they are a cute pair...I bet they ate alot of critters for you...

Tiago Braga said...

WOW, i wish one day i can see some of this in the wild, and also take some photos. Very good, loved it

Robin said...

T, you are so lucky to have these guys in your yard! I'm most envious!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I think your pictures are wonderful! The Owls are hard to photograph due to darkness most of the time. Have a super day tomorrow!

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Barred Owls Theresa! Owls are such gorgeous creatures!

Brk Trt said...

Now there's a pair of super predators.

Michelle said...

So cool! I love owls! Really a beautiful pair.

Mama Zen said...

I am so jealous! Beautiful shots!

Angela said...

Wow! Two in one picture! What a wonderful bonus! Did you ever see their little ones?

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Quite funny, I like the pictures !

Tammy said...

I think you did really well. They are pretty clear with no noise.

I'm so jealous that you have these guys hangin' around. Have you noticed a decline in your song birds since they came around?

missing moments said...

Great shots ... I so want to capture a picture of an owl. On my checklist!

Rohrerbot said...

Extrememly amazing birds. You are such a lucky lucky person. I know I say that all the time but I absolutely love your owl pics. I'd love to have them here at our place....maybe one day:)

Florida Farm Girl said...

Not one, but TWO barred owls in your yard!!! Oh, girl, you are so lucky. I hear owls occasionally here, but have never seen them in our yard.

Cheryl said...

Those red eyes don't frighten me one little bit. GAH!

Genie said...

I cannot believe I messed up the print like I did. Had to keep going in and editing it til I got it right. SOmehow I for the print where I could not see it. Thanks for all of your continued support. These babes get cuter each time I see them. genie

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, Just wanted to drop by and say HELLO. It's been a busy week/month --and just gonna get busier.

Love those little owls, Theresa. You are so lucky to have them nearby... Gorgeous.
Hugs,
Betsy

S. J. Qualls said...

Sorry I'm so late, bleep hot spot hasn't been working well.

Love the owls. Why is it that they look so loveable when we know how they can tear the flesh off a cute little bunny?

Nice shots BTW!

Carletta said...

I love them!
That first shot would make an excellent Halloween card. :)

Laurence Butler said...

Super stuff! Getting crepuscular with the Owls is always fun, even when they get those vampiric eyes!

It must be several kinds of wonderful to have these elegant, deep-eyed critters around your property.

rkbsnana said...

Aren't they camouflaged so perfectly. How fortuitous (how do you like that big word) you were able to even spot them and then get the beautiful skies as well.

Becca said...

Wow! Those birds are SO amazing! I have yet to see one in person that close!

Lindy MacDuff said...

They're beautiful! Seeing them makes me miss the Great Horned owls we had in our Shoestring Acacia tree in Arizona. (Although I don't miss the pellets they left at the bottom of the tree, which I referred to as "cough" drops.)

1st Man said...

Wow, how neat to capture that picture. I've yet to see any, but I'm sure there are SOME around the property. I love how they are so camouflaged. Isn't nature incredible?

Black Jack's Carol said...

I LOVE these shots. How wonderful to have owls in your back yard! I am green with envy :) I've seen one Barred Owl in my life (two or three years ago!) and still savour the memory.

Stewart M said...

WOW! What a great pair of birds to have in your yard! And I thought I was doing well to have parrots!


thanks for the visit to WBW - Stewart M

Breathtaking said...

Of all the people I follow, you have the greatest variety of birds in your garden.It's a very special place for wild life, and great for us to see so many different species
You did so well to get both owls in the same photo.

My garden has much less activity also Theresa,must be the time of year.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, wow! You see such incredible wildlife. And at dusk no less.

Montanagirl said...

LOVE your Barred Owls. Have never seen one before.

Rose said...

Wonderful that you even get the chance to shoot one, much less two in the same shot!

Rain said...

Wow Teresa--these owls are incredible! I've always loved owls the best-well I do say that about a lot of birds........but really.....!!
Rain

Raggedy Creations said...

they are so pretty. I love to hear owls hooting in the fall on the mountain behind us.

Felicia

Liz said...

Very cool shots. I'd love the opportunity to capture owls!!

Julie G. said...

Wow, what an awesome sight! I would love to see two Barred Owls at once out in the open. Your photographs are wonderful! The pink sky really does enhance the images.

Also, a very gracious thank you for the lovely remarks you left on my recent blog post. I am very appreciative.

Butterbean Row said...

How lucky you are that you captured these lovely owls. I have a "thing" for owls and there are so many different ones out there. I can hear one in my backyard sometimes, but have yet to see one.

charlotte

Candy C. said...

I love that evening sky behind them! Great shots, it's hard to even notice that they aren't perfectly in focus!! :)

Saun said...

Oh my gosh I would've been so excited I wouldn't of got one shot. Nice shots!

Neil said...

The pink looks great behind the Owls.

SouthCoast Guy said...

awesome shots!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

I'm not sure if I've ever seen an owl in the wild... It was a definite treat to see yours here, thank you!

Susan said...

So glad you put all those shots in Theresa - I'm fascinated by the owls. We can only hear the occasional one over here, have never been able to photograph any, so this is a real treat!
I too love the pink sky :D)

Michelle said...

No....way!!!

That's it. I'm packing my bags and coming to the Run*A*Round!!!

Okay...not really, but seriously you keep this up, you could sell tickets.

Chatty Crone said...

Now that was awesome.

Marie said...

These are GREAT! I love the light, the pink blush in the sky, their eyes, the tangle of branches! It's the perfect set of photos!

Linda R said...

How cool to be able to see owls. I know we have Owls here in Vegas, But I never see them. So thanks for sharing them with us.

Hugs~

ladyfi said...

OH wow - what a fabulous sight. Such gorgeous pics too!

Nancy Claeys said...

I'd love to see one, let alone a pair, of these beautiful birds. :)

georgettesullins said...

awwww...they're hanging out together.

Debbie said...

you could easily miss these guys, without those "stand out" eyes ;))

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Barred Owls along with Great Grays are my very favorites!!! These are so incredible, just to even get two in each frame. I love them all, even with the glaring eyes, yet the one where they are both turned away...absolutely stunning, and yes, the pink sky lit behind them is magical~
Hmm, maybe you could do a drawing of one like the image where both are turned away...if I did not win one, I would purchase one;')~

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow. amazing Barred shots!!

unfortunately the pair we had here must have gotten chased away by the crows! yeah, they don't just chase the hawks, but the owls too!

i think sam is going to start chasing the crows away...
i can hear the owls in the distance!!

anyway, thanks for showing YOURS!! =)

waldlaeufer68 said...

fantastic. I like these birds are very happy ..
great shots .. your wildlife in Texas is really very diverse ...
greetings Frank

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

I love your owl pics. These are extraordinarily nice because of the pink sky in the background.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

How cool is that to get 2 of them in one photo. Love it.

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