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Barred owl: a little curious, a lot shy

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It was May of this year when I saw my first Barred owl in Bragg Creek.  I’ve lived here for ten years and spent a lot of time in the forests so it was a real thrill to find a new (to me) species in the area.  In late October, another one was waiting for me as I was walking in the woods along the edge of Kananaskis Country.  This time, the owl watched me intently for a few seconds, scanned the ground for prey for a few more and then repeated that for a couple of minutes while I watched and snapped a few images.  Eventually the owl flew a short distance away but they blend into this type of forest so well that I lost sight with the next glide that followed.  A beautiful creature.

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11 responses

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  3. nia

    Wow, she’s looking right to you. Love Owls.

    December 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

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  5. I like your captures, Chris.It’s gaze is piercing.Lucky to see a pair here in Edmonton years past.

    December 2, 2016 at 9:57 am

  6. A nice bird, and photo!

    December 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

  7. WOW! GREAT! BEAUTIFUL!

    December 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

  8. Wow, quite a catch, such a gorgeous owl!

    December 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

  9. Gorgeous fellow 🙂

    December 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

  10. Beautiful!

    December 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

  11. Beautiful bird and great capture. (Suzanne)

    December 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

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