Lovely day yesterday - sunny - 79 degrees - perfect summer weather. When Don got home from work he wanted to go on a picnic - so off we went - to one of our favorite spots - a small park just outside town, on a bluff overlooking Bellingham Bay.
As we approached, I saw a hawk fly up and land on the wires along the road. We quickly parked, facing away from the bay - facing the hawk. I had my camera out, lens cap off and ready to shoot - because we all know that a hawk only sits for a few moments and I wanted this view - the setting sun shining on the front of the hawk.
Point the camera, focus, zoom in - wait. That is not a hawk - that is an OWL. Forget the picnic - forget eating - forget everything - how often do I get a chance to photograph an owl in such perfect light?
A Barred Owl
He's looking for his dinner
From the back - that pattern of feathers would be hard to find if he was in the woods on a tree branch
In the sunlight he is easy to spot. The general habit of a barred owl is to fly away if approached closely, but the one seemed to be used to the traffic on the road and in and out of the park
The bar design on the front of the body, right below the face, is where the name "barred" comes from
He flew down to the ground, but didn't stay long, so I only got one picture of him in the grass
Back up on the wire - still looking for food
He would walk along the wire from time to time
Then he flew down to a low post of the fence around the park
And into an apple tree
The setting sun was beginning to reflect off his feathers. I couldn't have asked for more perfect lighting.
Thank you owl !