Barred Owl – Strix varia
Image taken Nov 10/09 at Presqui’le Provincial Park, Brighton, ON Not Cropped
This owl was quite accommodating for pictures after I finally found him but there were so many branches distracting from the subject that I removed them in PS and added a more pleasing texture .

Owls traditionally hunt at night or dusk but they will come out on cloudy days in the later part of the afternoon as I found out. The voice or call is unlike anything I have ever heard in my life……..almost like a terrorized child. This handsome bird is stocky in build with a 21 inch wingspan.


  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 5 years ago

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 5 years ago

    OMG….wowzer…green with envy!!! OOOoooOOOo he is fabulous…stunning capture Lynda!! Background works perfect!! An instant fav!!

  • oh i’m glad you were the 1st to spot this one,,,,,,,,,,,the grey cloudy skies and all the branches just didn’t do this beauty justice so i took the twigs out and smoothed it a bit
    thanks Beve

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    Nicely composed close up of a Barred Owl! The tree bark nicely compliments the Owl’s feathering and is used as camouflage by the owls. : )

  • thank you Sandy…………..this one’s not painted, lol

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonalmost 5 years ago

    He is a BEAUTY isn’t he Mom. What a thrill it was to enjoy his company for a while. My pics are still sitting on my camera….lol This is a beautiful image. xo

  • thank you Dear……………..i’m expecting to see this beauty uploaded from you too……….VERY SOON !

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 5 years ago

    Oh he’s just lovely…looks a very healthy specimen!

  • thanks Georgie

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    OH LYNDA!!!!!! Isn’t he just magnificent!!! And he does look HUGE!!!!! What a majestic darling … and your image is perfection!!!!! Well done again, sweetie!!!

  • thank you Lois,,,,,,,,,,,,,he was gorgeous

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartalmost 5 years ago

    what a great shot….Dennis

  • thank you Dennis

    – Lynda McDonald

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful image – - – beautiful!!!!!

  • thank you lorilee, always so exciting when you capture something new

    – Lynda McDonald

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyalmost 5 years ago

    Wow great shot Lynda!

  • thank you Brian

    – Lynda McDonald

  • aussiedi
    aussiedialmost 5 years ago

    A magnificent capture, such clarity of the subject..well done.

  • thank you Di

    – Lynda McDonald

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