Sunday, March 31, 2013

Barred Owl

Finally, a day outside in the fresh air...sort of. It is supposed to be spring, but this weekend is the first it has really felt like it. It was too nice to stay inside, but Hubs has been recovering from the flu I gave him. Poor guy, and he had the flu shot. Anyway, he didn't feel like a hike in the woods so we took a drive down to where Hubs lived before we got married. On the way we took a detour through Sam Parr State Park. I thought it would be a little too early to find any interesting birds, but to our surprise we saw a male and female Wood Duck on a murky little creek. Sadly, they flew before the shutter opened. That's the first time I've seen a Wood Duck outside of the zoo.

On our way back to the highway, I saw this guy hanging out in a tiny tree beside the road. I think he was sleep flying.  This is the only shot I got before he woke up and took off for a tree farther from the road.
 He found a good place to hide in plain sight.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

barred owl, definitely! great catch!!!

glad you got out for a bit!

Clytie said...

There's something magical about owls - you are indeed blessed to have been able to see it - and get a couple of amazing shots too!

Brian King said...

That's awesome! I'm beginning to think I'm the only one who's never photographed an owl.

Mitch and Molly said...

What a beautiful picture! We hope you had a wonderful Easter too, BJ!

Nancy Claeys said...

A beautiful capture -- what a sweet owl!

Amy Burzese said...

Good job! He's beautiful.

Ellie said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear you have both had the flu - there seemed to be a lot of that going round her recently too.
It is nice to see some better weather isn't it. Today it has been a bit warmer and much brighter - ideal for Easter Monday.
Hope you had a lovely weekend. :))

Meggie said...

Lucky you...beautiful photo of the owl. I don't recall ever seeing an owl in the wild!

EG CameraGirl said...

Love the barred owl! Too bad the wood ducks took off. I haven't seen any so far this year, although I hear they are around her.