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Old Feb 25, 2006, 7:38 PM   #1
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Another lucky day. Going through a local park by myself. The good news I spotted this guy not too far away. The bad news - it was in dense pine. I would have loved to circle around to the field on the other side, but after 2 minutes he had enough of me taking is picture and took off. Not ideal lighting conditions but I'm still thrilled to have captured my first owl. An ID from one of you would also be helpful - I'm not much of a birder.

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Old Feb 25, 2006, 7:49 PM   #2
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Nice shot under difficult conditions.

How big was this guy? Since we have only a back view, that information might be handy...

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Old Feb 25, 2006, 8:31 PM   #3
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Congratulations on a great capture, John. I haven't got an owl shot yet but sure hope to some day.
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Old Feb 25, 2006, 8:40 PM   #4
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Nice capture!! Owls can be in difficult places. You did this one really nice!! It looks to be a Barred Owl.

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Old Feb 25, 2006, 10:54 PM   #5
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Thanks.

Just a guess - but I'd say about 14" high.

Any idea how big a territory they range over? Am I likely to find him in that facinity again?
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Old Feb 25, 2006, 11:36 PM   #6
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John, barred owls' territory covers the eastern half of the USA and from parts of Oregon up into Canada. You may very likely see the owl again. The only barred owl I've seen and photographed seemed to have a favorite perch. They seem fairly tame at times.

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Old Feb 27, 2006, 1:30 AM   #7
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Very nice JohnG--I too just got my first owl shot about three months ago. What a feeling, but then you know that as well.

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