One of many Barred Owls (Strix varia) that are over-wintering in Presqu’Ile Provincial Park this winter. These large raptors are like all other North American owls in most ways. They are exceptional hunters that posses the gift of silent flight, have off-set ears for triangulation, and are equipped with razor-sharp talons for snagging their prey. They have one very distinct and haunting feature, however, that makes them easy to identify. They have all-black eyes.

  

            *Captured near Brighton, Ontario. © Todd Weeks*


 


 


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birds, wildlife, raptors, owls, barred owl

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Comments

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    WHOA !!!! Beautiful amazing shot !!!!!!!!!!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    WOW! Awesome capture! I love those furry feet and legs. Great timing and shot.

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Absolutely awesome capture – - – BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Moorey
    Mooreyover 4 years ago

    Ditto…All of the above ))

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Really wonderful, once in a life time shot, for me…NEVER! ;> A fave to be sure.

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! How I would have loved to have taken this. or even seen this in person.. lol.. Really super~

  • LiMaxx,

    We are truly blessed here in winter. The birds of spring and summer give way to the invasion of winter raptors. Owls and hawks seem to like the parks and open spaces in our area and gather in large numbers. This winter, the Barred Owls seem to like Presqu’Ile Park on the shore of Lake Ontario. There have been reports of up to 18 observed in the woods. We saw six in our two days trip. It is an awesome sight to see these creatures and to be able to observe their natural behaviour. It comes at a cost though. We endured cold temperatures and a wind chill of -30C. Today, we are recouperating and thawing out. ;^)

    Todd

    – Todd Weeks

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Shot!

  • akaurora
    akauroraover 4 years ago

    Wow … a Fabulous image, the colors and markings are so beautiful, eyes like that of a Falcon, how very interesting. ♥ it!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ ☺

  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejover 4 years ago

    Instant fav,great job……FAV…..

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 4 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

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