I see a Barred Owl from the corner of my eye.
Is it stretching its wing or getting ready to fly?
With intense eyes, the owl stares.
I am concerned and a little scared.
I raise my camera and push the button.
Now I know this event will not be forgotten.
Photo and poem by Richard Smith
Camera used is a Sony A77II, Sony lens 70-400mm, ISO 3200, 400MM, F7.1, AT 1/1000 Sec.
I am a barred owl whose skill is to hunt.
Like night-light vision and soulful brown eyes,
I can search from high in a darken sky.
In a dash and swoop, my prey I confront.
By day, I rest and snooze within a tree.
If I’m awakened by an unknown sound
With eyes wide open, I look all around.
my head turns a full 360 degrees.
Photo and poem by me (Richard Smith)
Photo was taken with a Sony A77II, Sony lens 70-400mm, ISO 3200, 400mm, f/7.1, 1/1000 of a sec. Location: Nolan Trail, Newport News, VA 4/21/17
For me this is a rare photo capture to see an owl drinking water. As well as it blended in with the surrounding area, I almost missed this shot. I only found it by luck.
The barred owl is a large typical owl native to North America. Best known as the hoot owl for its distinctive call.
Hope you all enjoy!!! May you have a great day.
I captured this adult and juvenile barred owl along the Nolan trail in Newport News, VA. The perimeter of the Nolan trail surrounds Lake Maury; which is within a mature, mixed forest of large trees of hemlock, maple, oak, hickory, and beech. When I first spotted this fledging owl, it was roosted on the branch. Normally, an owl will sleep during the day and are not very active. But, this young guy was alert and constantly looking around. I figured it was waiting on its parent to come back. So I set up my tripod and camera and waited about two hours. Finally, out of nowhere, the adult owl appeared along side the juvenile owl. This was a great capture of a barred owl nurturing its young, the next generation of these beautiful birds.
Unlike human love, animals’ internal love appears natural. Humans make the power of love so difficult. Before God created man and woman, He created the animal kingdom. Maybe we are to learn from the animals. I see in this picture love, joy, kindness, compassion, and comfort.
By Richard Smith