Today is a good day for a barred owl photo. When we had bird feeders in our front garden, we used to see hawks waiting in the branches to pounce on unsuspecting goldfinches and the like which I didn’t appreciate. Owls, though, come out later and so they watch for mice that are probably making nests in our car brakes and the like. They’re welcome to them.
On one occasion (maybe this one), that owl was sitting on that branch when a squirrel ran almost up to him! It stopped in surprise and beat a hasty retreat. The owl didn’t move. It just watched it go. It happened too fast for me to catch it in a picture.
I have to say, one of my favourite moments, walking in the woods was when an owl flew right over my head, going ahead of me and landing on a branch a few yards away. The amazing thing was that it was absolutely silent. But I thought I felt the air from its wings as it flew over me, so close. What marvellous creatures they are.
I love this face. Here’s looking at you! Happy Owl Day.
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