Awesome shots. Those opportunities don't come around often. What lens did you use for these shots?I was hauling the trash down the driveway to the street in the late afternoon when I heard the alarm calls of the local robins and juncoes. There must be a predator in the area, probably a Cooper's hawk or sharp-shinned hawk. But when I looked carefully under the trees that line the driveway, I saw a barred owl sitting on a branch. I rushed back up to the house to grab my camera and it was still there when I returned. Because the light under the canopy wasn't very good, I circled around to try different perspectives. Then, the owl focused on something on the ground a bit down the hill and it was off in flash. It had grabbed a small garter snake. The owl thrashed the garter snake around a few times before swallowing the snake whole like a strand of linguini. Then, it had enough of me and flew off deeper into the forest. The robins were still not happy.
I have heard this species calling around the house previously but I had only seen an owl once pre-dawn on my way to work. Best view of this species yet.
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I'm at my brother's place in The Driftless Area. Two nights ago, as the afternoon turned to evening, I was outside watching the half dozen or so rabbits grazing on the lawn. Many more this year, since my brother leased most of his land for corn, now over 8' tall!. Anyway, as I watched the rabbits, a large bobcat sauntered out and lay down on the grass. I'd like to say I caught a quick glimpse of him, but actually, he laid there for an hour! maybe 75 yards away for AN HOUR! Finally, I guess he decided he was too far from the bunnies to make a successful run at them, so he got up and sauntered back into the corn. Wild!
Pretty certain that’s a Great Horned Owl. They’re not nearly as common these days as Screech Owls, so pretty special to have one in your yard!This Western Screech likes to hang out in a hollow in this mature oak.
First time he showed up, it caused quite a ruckus with all the smaller birds but now they're used to it.
Never seen them with prey but they come and go enough that I hope to. Plenty of mice around.
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You know, I would love to know.Pretty certain that’s a Great Horned Owl. They’re not nearly as common these days as Screech Owls, so pretty special to have one in your yard!