Early last week, I located the pair of Barred Owls again that I had photographed two weeks earlier. Like the first time, they seemed as curious about me as I was of them. They stayed within a safe distance, yet close enough to enable me to once again photograph them. While photographing the pair of owls as they perched in nearby trees, one of them (I assume the female) flew to her nest on top of a large, old and very tall, dead tree. There were many trees in between me and the nest, making for a difficult shot. I got a little closer, but stayed far enough away not to startle or disrupt her. I was able to capture her tail hanging out of the nest before she nestled further into the nest and out of sight.
The first time I photographed the pair of Barred Owls, it was a cloudy overcast day. This time, the sky was cloudless and a beautiful, bright blue. There also were more leaves on the trees. Next time, it may be even more difficult to photograph the owls, because the trees will be fully leafed out. Nevertheless, I now know precisely where the nest is located, and I hope to be able to photograph their owlets in about a month.
The first three below images are sequential, and show one of the owls as it leaped off a tree limb and flew in my direction.
Below are two more images of the Barred Owls. In the first, the owl was looking me over as I photographed it, and the second image is a closeup profile shot.
Below is the female in the nest with her feathers perturbing out from the hollow of the tree.
While out photographing the owls, I noticed a Canada Goose on her nest (below). She also was keeping a close eye on me.
If you read my last article, you know that I was exhibiting my photography on Sunday at the annual Bluebell Festival held at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area. Given the limited attendance, because the bluebells bloomed very early this year, I had a very successful day and enjoyed sharing my photography with the attendees.
My next article, which I will post in a couple of days, will be of a pair of Ospreys that I photographed last week at Leesylvania State Park building a nest and mating.