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Old Apr 20, 2015, 7:26 AM   #1
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Default Barred Owls

Well spring is here and the windows are open at night and the owls have begun their nightly caterwauling. We have barred owls and they make a distinct 'who cooks for you, who who cooks for you?' call to alert others of their territorial claim and to call in mates. This time of year they also make a sound that we think is more like monkeys, if you want to hear what it sounds like all about birds has some recordings.

Well being spring, these birds have the "fever" and the calling starts well before sunset, as was the case this past Saturday. With the leaves not yet out we were able to spot the big owl we have seen for years and I have occasionally been lucky enough to photograph. Knowing that it likes to roost in a tall pine helps as they can really blend into the bark with their molted pattern.

Barred Owl in Tree by ramcewan, on Flickr

After several calls we saw a smaller owl work it's way in close on another big pine. After a few minutes the smaller owl had decided to alight on the same tree as the big one. The two sat together like this for a few minutes giving me a wonderful opportunity to get a few shots.

Owls in Pine Tree by ramcewan, on Flickr

They then took off to another tall oak and sat up there calling for a few minutes, until the bigger one took off silently into the forest with the smaller one following shortly behind.

Barred Owl Pair by ramcewan, on Flickr

Barred Owl Pair by ramcewan, on Flickr

All shots taken with the Olympus E-M1 and Zuiko 4/3 50-200, handheld, shutter priority mode with the digi-TC on. First shot was SOOC JPEG lightly tuned in LR and the others were RAW cropped and tuned in LR.
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 11:14 AM   #2
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Cool Owl series.
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 6:31 PM   #3
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Great catch on these Owls! They almost blend in with the trees.
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Old Apr 21, 2015, 8:57 PM   #4
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Oh wow. I love owls and your photos are wonderful.

I had the pleasure of assisting in the banding of owls last fall. I was able to get a lot of close up photos. Such beautiful mysterious creatures.
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