|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The adult is 44 cm long with a 112 cm wingspan. It has a pale face with dark rings around the eyes, a yellow beak and brown eyes. It is the only typical owl of the eastern United States which has brown eyes; all others have yellow eyes. The head is round and lacks ear tufts, a distinction from the Short-eared Owl. The upper parts are mottled gray-brown. The underparts are light with markings; the chest is barred horizontally while the belly is streaked lengthwise. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons.Breeding habitat is dense woods across Canada, the eastern United States and south to Central America; in recent years it has spread to the western United States.The diet of the Barred Owl consists mostly of mice of many species, but it also feeds on rabbits, chipmunks, foxes, Opossums and also birds such as grouse and doves. It occasionally wades into water in order to capture fish or terrapins.|
The Barred Owl hunts by waiting on a high perch at night, or flying through the woods and swooping down on prey. It generally hunts near dawn or dusk, though it may also hunt on cloudy days. It may fly even in full daylight when disturbed. Of the North American owls, it is the species most likely to be active during the day, especially when raising chicks.
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Very beautiful colour and detail.
The plumage looks beautiful.
Well composed in the frame.
A lovely natural setting.
nice fof this sleepy owl. good colors and sharpness. good note too
amazing-perfect pic, TFS Ori
- [2008-12-17 10:16]
Nice capture, perfect focus and good details. Good job.
- [2008-12-17 11:17]
Fantastic photo of this Barred Owl. The sharp details are amazing. Great natural colours and a very good composition in a beautiful environment.
Excellent POV and DOV, good sharpness, nice pic.