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).