Early Evening Hunting by byronbackyard

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Taken in Byron Bay, Australia.
Barn Owls are moderately common, but generally hard to see, as they are mostly active at night. During the day, the birds roost on concealed tree branches. They are the most widespread and familiar of the owls. Barn Owls are medium sized birds (females slightly larger than males), with a ‘heart-shaped’ facial disc. They have sandy orange and light grey upperparts and white to cream underparts. Both the back and breast are evenly spotted with black.
Barn Owls are generally quiet, the common call being a 12 second rough, hissing screech. Less frequently, birds give whistling and wheezing notes and some snapping and bill clacking during mating and threat displays.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work,,

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Digidi
    Digidialmost 4 years ago

    fabulous image, while up in mallolaba an owl flew into the tree above our heads and we were right down on the busy seafront, i tried to get a shot but it was too high up in the tree and my flash wouldnt throw up that high

  • Many thanks Di, I love the owls but see them rarely .. they always seem mystical to me!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alembic-Lynx
    Alembic-Lynxalmost 4 years ago

    exceptional photograph

  • Many thanks for your very kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 4 years ago

    Awesome owl! Love the color and lighting!

  • Many thanks Lori!

    – byronbackyard

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Out Standing Image……Perfection…laura

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Laura, made me smile!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture, such a handsome fellow.

  • Many thanks Andrea, he is a handsome fella!

    – byronbackyard

  • dperalta
    dperaltaalmost 4 years ago

    H’whoa!! Superb capture. Just the right amount of light. You must have waited for a while to get just the right light … or even for days to be sure you could get this picture!!

    I love owls and have only seen one in flight. They are so QUIET in flight. Beautiful capture!

  • Many thanks Debi for your lovely comment, my owl shots are few and far between but bring me much joy and inspiration … and a feeling of mystery!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • laurav
    lauravalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image! Well captured!

  • Many thanks Laura!

    – byronbackyard

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