On the afternoon of Sunday June 13th/10, a friend and I made our way out to some forested acreage behind my parent’s home to see if we might get lucky and see a family of Barred Owls who make this forested acreage their home territory. We quietly made our way through the narrow forested trails and it wasn’t long before we spotted one of the adults perched in an Alder Tree. The reason I know this is the female is that she is a little larger and fuller in body than the male, which is characteristic. This photo is not one that I took right after finding her, but taken half an hour later when she had flown to this more sunny branch.
Photo taken on June 13/10 4:46pm on South East Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM L lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including 498RC2 Ball Head.
Taken at 1/500’s at f/7.1, -1/3 Ev, 400 mm, man white bal 6250 kelvin.
Subject distance; 14.9 meters (48.9 ft).
Histogram adjustment, shadow/highlight adjustment and sharpening via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 30, radius 2, threshold 2). No cropping.
“ABOUT BARRED OWLS”
The adult is 44 ( 1.4 ft) cm long with a 112 cm ( 3.7 ft) wingspan. With dark brown eyes, the Barred Owl is one of the few dark eyed species of Owls.
Their breeding habitat is dense woods across Canada, the eastern United States and south to Central America. In recent years, they have spread to the Western United States.