A Barred Owl perched high on a fir branch calmly watches over its surroundings. Barred Owls generally hunt near dawn or dusk, but can be seen hunting anytime during the day or night. They hunt by waiting on a high perch or by flying through the woods and swooping down on prey. They prey on meadow voles, mice, rats, shrews, squirrels, rabbits, bats, moles, opossums, mink and weasels. Occasionally they also hunt grouse, woodpeckers, quails, jays, pigeons, ducks and doves. Less often but also on their menu are insects, crayfish, snakes, lizards, salamanders and slugs.

Barred Owls can be seen in dense woods across Canada, eastern US and south to Mexico. They have been making their way to the western United States.

Barred Owls are 40-63 cm ( 16-25 in) long with a wingspan of 96-125 cm (38-49in). They weigh 500 to 1050 grams ( 1.1-2.3 lbs). They are one of the few Owls with dark eyes.


Taken on Nov 1/09 at 3:43 pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 mm IS USM L lens
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at, 1/125’s at f/5.6, + 1/3 ev, 400 mm, man wht bal, iso 800.
No cropping, sharpening via lab mode, duplicate layer, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 40 radius 5 threshold 5).


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you!!! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 2 years ago

    This is a WINNER. I don’t see how you do it, Sandy. Awesome capture and, of course, a fave, Sandy~Lynn

  • Awe,….thank you so much Lynn! It’s just being at the right place at the right time! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • j Kirk Photography                      Kirk Friederich
    j Kirk Photogr...over 2 years ago

    Great shot Sandy. I have not had any luck looking for Owls in the Comox Valley.

  • Thank you so kindly Kirk! Sorry to hear that you haven’t had much luck in finding owls in your area. I have been lucky, because there is a breeding pair in a wooded property out behind my parent’s house that I have gotten to see over the years. The Owl shown was hanging out in some trees in a friend’s yard. I’ve seen a few Barred Owls in other rural areas as well, but either didn’t have my camera and or the lighting just wasn’t productive. They can be difficult to spot as they often blend in to their surroundings. My dad is real good at spotting them as he looks out for the pair out back of his yard. I have gotten much better now that my eyes are trained. lol

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous feathering details Sandy

  • Thank you so very much Larry! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Benedikt Amrhein
    Benedikt Amrheinover 2 years ago

    oh, hello stranger!! :oD
    great shot…

  • Awe,…thank you so kindly Benedikt Amrhein! :)

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 2 years ago

    wow, great capture and interesting information on this lovely Creature Teacher :o)

  • picafoto
    picafotoover 2 years ago

    An amazing capture Sandy:)

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    ˚ ˛ •˛•| 田田|門| Wonderfull capture nice sharp clarity and detail nice focus and framing gorgeous colour Nicely done and presented hugs precious

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 2 years ago

    it’s a beautiful capture

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 2 years ago

    This is a gorgeous shot, Sandy. Love the pose and those alluring dark eyes…

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