Silent Barred Stalker by Wolf Read

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I was after crows, and instead found this owl.

A number of corvids were harassing the owl before I arrived. Initially, I did not know the reason for all the caws. Since I like photographing crows, I decided to try a few shots and closed in on the tree. The black passerines flew away as I neared and readied my camera. I guess my approach gave the owl some respite.

The Barred Owl (Stryx varia) peered down from a deep-crowned Western redcedar tree. This striking avian was not in a remote woodland, but smack in the middle of Vancouver, BC, at Queen Elizabeth Park. An urban predator.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
1/60 sec, f / 4, 0 EV, ISO 800

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC
25 Sep 2010


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I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago

    this is beautiful! great shot! Love the details, clarity, and D0F!!

  • Thank you much, Dave & Trena.

    – Wolf Read

  • Dennis Stewart
  • Thank you much for having my image in the group.

    – Wolf Read

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    Oh lucky you dear friend.. wow!

  • Thank you much, linaji. Encountering the owl so unexpectedly, right in the middle of the urban landscape, was a magical moment.

    – Wolf Read

  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 3 years ago

    AWESOME find and capture!! Fabulous colors, markings and feather detail. Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • Thank you much, Rick & Deb.

    – Wolf Read

  • M.S. Photography & Art
    M.S. Photograp...about 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture,lucky find too!

  • Thank you much, Margaret.

    – Wolf Read

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