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Discussion: barn owl

in: PG; PG > 2016-11-05

Nov 5, 2016 8:53 PM # 
Charlie:
Excellent!
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Nov 5, 2016 10:51 PM # 
Becks:
Beautiful animal!
Nov 5, 2016 11:22 PM # 
PG:
Actually a beautiful barred owl. And not the slightest bit skittish. It flew two different times, no more than 30 feet each time, and when I moved on it was still sitting there --



Nov 5, 2016 11:26 PM # 
Charlie:
Ok, see it in this view. Nice animal.
Nov 5, 2016 11:36 PM # 
PG:
The funny thing was, had it been in the spot above, on a little stub on a dead tree, I probably never would have seen it even though it was in plain sight, because it blends in pretty well. But the first look I had was --



I was in my car, right at the end of the road, just one driveway up the hill to the left. No need for the binoculars, grabbed the camera, got a couple shots through the windshield, and then a car comes whipping down the driveway, making enough noise to scare the owl, but it just went to the nearest hemlock. Sat there for a couple minutes, then back out in the open on the dead tree.

Took photos for about 10 minutes, got out of the car for some of them and even that didn't scare it off. Very cool.
Nov 6, 2016 1:16 AM # 
stever:
A very fine AOWN moment indeed.
Nov 6, 2016 1:20 AM # 
Swampfox:
That's a fine looking specimen, and thanks for sharing the pictures.

We have barn owls around here, too. Most summers I see a couple up in the hills. Sometimes they seem quite shy and fly away at once, but sometimes a perched bird will sit fast and swivel its head around to keep an eye on what's going on (if I am running past it.)

This year I didn't see any.
Nov 6, 2016 5:10 AM # 
jjcote:
Did you give him the name of your chef?
Nov 6, 2016 5:18 AM # 
iansmith:
Owls are great! I wish to share pictures of an owl of some kind I observed in Calgary:

Nov 6, 2016 3:18 PM # 
carlch:
I saw one the other day while running too. I assume it was a barred owl just because it was big and I don't know my owls. Odd thing was it only flew a little ways, landing in a tree right above the trail I was running on so got a great look before it flew again.

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