Nesting Birds of Missouri – Barred Owl

Who cooks for you all?  My chef of a wife, Sarah, that’s who… 😉

No, not a song bird today.  I was lucky enough to come across this Owl during a day hike this spring.  Usually, an Owl spotting OZB does whatever it can to escape, but this guy seemed not to be concerned and continued to scan the ground for mice and voles roaming through the leaf litter as I took its picture.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl
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Barred Owl

 

 

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Barred Owl

“On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death.  Instead of the sympathy, the friendly union, of life and death so apparent in Nature, we are taught that death is an accident, a deplorable punishment for the oldest sin, the arch-enemy of life, etc.  Town children, especially, are steeped in this death orthodoxy, for the natural beauties of death are seldom seen or taught in towns.”

-John Muir-

“Barred Owl”

Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera,  EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens, ISO 1000,  f/5.6, 1/250 sec