Barn Owl - "Casper" by Alyce Taylor

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Featured in Only Owls on November 20th, 2011.
Featured in Superbly Visual on October 8th, 2011.
Featured in The Birds on September 26th, 2011.
Featured in Artists Universe on September 20th, 2011.
Featured in ImageWriting on September 16th, 2011.

The Barn Owl is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short squarish tail. Tail shape is a way of distinguishing the Barn Owl from true owl when seen in flight, as are the wavering motions and the open dangling feathered legs. The light face with its heart shape and the black eyes give the flying bird an odd and startling appearance, like a flat mask with oversized oblique black eyeslits, the ridge of feathers above the bill somewhat resembling a nose.

Its head and upper body typically vary between a light brown and a dark grey. The heart-shaped face is usually bright white. The toes, as the bill, vary in colour; their colour ranges from pinkish to dark pinkish-grey. The talons are black.

Contrary to popular belief, it does not hoot, instead it produces the characteristic shree scream, ear-shattering at close range. Males in courtship give a shrill twitter. It can hiss like a snake to scare away intruders, and when captured or cornered, it throws itself on its back and flails with sharp-taloned feet, making for an effective defense. Also given in such situations is a rasp and a clicking snap, produced by the bill or possibly the tongue. It is most recognizable by its “mask-like” face.

Taken at Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:230 mm
Exposure:1/320 at f/6.3
ISO 1600
No post-processing

I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

Thank you for your interest in my work,
Alyce Taylor

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 4 years ago

    Wow, fantastic shot Alyce. I would love to see this one myself.

  • Thanx Teresa…the Birds of Prey Centre is a nice place to visit…the animals are well taken care of :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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  • loiteke
    loitekeover 3 years ago

  • Thanx for the feature Meeli :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Rowan  Lewgalon
    Rowan Lewgalonover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot.
    Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    SEPTEMBER 20th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thanx for the feature Mary :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image featured in the group “The Birds”.

  • Thanx for the feature Wayne :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATS… on your lovely feature, wonderful work.

  • Thank you Andrea :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • AGlassenbury
    AGlassenburyover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your features stunning capture!

  • Thank you Anneka :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • Thanx for the feature Robyn Lee :)

    – Alyce Taylor

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