Tale of the Barred

We have been on a birding frenzy lately exploring areas of Ohio that we’ve never been to before.  We owe much of our spots to fellow birding friends and an app called eBird and Merlin bird ID. But there is a tale that goes with this owl.  A birder told another birder who told me where to find some particular ducks in one of the local parks and that was the plan for the day.  Find the park (hooray for GPS), go to one particular parking lot, cross the main road, turn right, head for the white sawhorse, go up that path past the line of trees, keep walking for almost a mile and there would be the pond with these particular ducks and I don’t mean Mallards.

That trek was an adventure all by itself!

But before we left the parking lot a couple on their morning walk came up to us and asked what were we photographing? After telling them it was birds, they asked had we seen the owl? Owl?!? So we followed them along one of the many walking trails in the park (which we would never have done otherwise) until there it was;  just sitting there in clear view watching people go by.

My first in the wild owl!

It let us get very close without flying off or even remotely making any warning moves but I was ever cognizant of not being loud, sounding like a mouse or threatening because they have some serious beaks and claws and I did not want it angry at me.  Even when a group of high school girls came running by on their school track team practice it didn’t move more than fluffing it’s feathers a bit.  Cool owl…

Teri 📷

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36 Responses to Tale of the Barred

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Ooh I love the photos of the owl! Great job. It seems my lil red dot is also caught in birding frenzy as the Botanical Gardens is promoting it too.

  2. Timothy Price says:

    It’s a really beautiful owl.

  3. Wonderful captures of the owl! And how exciting to see it in the wild!

  4. Meg says:

    Wonderful pictures – the owl really blends in!

  5. Ingrid says:

    Beautiful captures! It’s always fun when your subject cooperates.

  6. Pit says:

    Perfect pictures of that owl!

  7. Owls freak me out, but these are good pictures 🙂

  8. buddy71 says:

    way cool to see the owl in the wild and in the light of day! i hear the owls where i live many times a month but rarely get to see them except at a great distance and by the light of a very powerful flashlight. lol

  9. equinoxio21 says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Hats off…
    Owls and other birds of prey were common at our summer house in Normandy.
    I’d go to sleep to their howling…
    Sadly they are very vulnerable to pesticides, since they are at the top of the food chain…
    Glad there still are some. And this one was a beauty.

  10. Deb says:

    That is a gorgeous owl and a beautiful photo – a great chance discovery. When we were kids, we once had some owlets growing up on a big bougainvillea tree in our house. The way they rotated their heads keeping rest of the body unmoved was very comical.

  11. William Wise says:

    Excellent photographs and narrative! William

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