A brief visit with a Barred owl

Bragg Creek Barred Owl - © Christopher Martin-0959
A friend and I spied this owl while on a short drive to scout out locations for a photo shoot.  This is my tenth year living in the Bragg Creek area and this was the first Barred owl that I have seen here.  It was the first time I have seen one in the wild anywhere for that matter.  It is an understatement to say I was excited!  The dark eyes are so striking compared to my familiarity with the glowing yellow eyes of the Great gray, Great horned and Snowy owls which I photograph throughout the year.

Bragg Creek Barred Owl - © Christopher Martin-0948

The owl was perched in plain sight – the fast approaching dusk had dimmed the daylight which suited this mostly nocturnal hunter.  That made a fast shutter speed a challenge but that was a very minor challenge.  She flew from the post to a branch a couple of metres above the long grass edging the road.  Her head swivelled and angled as she searched for dinner.  Within a couple of minutes, she locked in and made a dive headlong into the greenery.  One dive, one strike and one kill.

Bragg Creek Barred Owl - © Christopher Martin-0970-2

From down in the grass she shifted the field mouse to her beak and then flew up and in front of us, heading into a stand of trees on a small ridge.

Bragg Creek Barred Owl - © Christopher Martin-0987

I lost her in the forest and the gloom but look forward to a follow-up encounter whenever it suits her.

Bragg Creek Barred Owl - © Christopher Martin-0994

15 responses

  1. Pingback: Barred owl: a little curious, a lot shy | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Wow. Great pics!!!

    June 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm

  3. Gorgeous!!

    June 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm

  4. Dear Chris, I apologize for not contacting you months ago. I have done nothing with these paintings, not posting them anywhere. They are based off your photographs posted in WordPress. What do you think of them? May I post them on my sites, and if I were to post do so, what kind of acknowledgement would you like? Put your credit in a watermark? https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikkaye1 http://www.ekayeart.com/ on facebook, Erik Kaye, Artist

    I admire your photographs very much and what you must put into them to get the intimate shots that you do. I like to interpret pictures of wildlife, and photograph them when my camera is up which it isn’t now. Yours, Erik T. Kaye

    On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 10:15 PM, Christopher Martin Photography wrote:

    > Christopher Martin posted: ” A friend and I spied this owl while on a > short drive to scout out locations for a photo shoot. This is my tenth > year living in the Bragg Creek area and this was the first Barred owl that > I have seen here. It was the first time I have seen one in the w” >

    June 7, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  5. Barred owls are my favorites; I have had a pair local in three different places I have lived and love their calls to the partners. Magnificent captures of an elegant creature, bar none (couldn’t help myself, hah!)

    June 7, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  6. What a magnificent creature!

    June 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  7. Sally

    beautifuly captures, they are beautiful creatures. Sacred to the Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva, they do look so all-knowing. Sally

    June 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  8. wildchild47

    Stunning!

    June 7, 2016 at 10:08 am

  9. Love…..BEAUTIFUL

    June 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

  10. I loved those pictures, especially in flight. Thanks for sharing.

    June 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

  11. Striking photos.

    June 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

  12. Beautiful Captures, Colour and textures 🙂 Superb!

    June 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

  13. Great Album!

    June 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

  14. thegirlthatdreamsawake

    wow how beautiful is he!!! wonderfull photos!

    June 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

  15. I had a beautiful experience like this. I live in a countryside, and around two months and this special animal started to visit my home. Its eyes were electrifying, and its plumage was so sweet. I love these pictures…I hope that you follow taking this kind of moments…Enjoy

    June 7, 2016 at 7:24 am

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