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*