A few weeks ago, my neighbor informed me of some visitors we have in the Arboretum and I could not wait to meet them! I took Liam to their usual hang out spot before dark and we got to meet these beautiful adolescent barred owls. How amazing is it that these little guys are hanging out less than a five minute walk from our house!
They let us get really close. In fact, one of them was right over my head for the first ten minutes I was there and I had no idea! This species of owl are quite large and their wingspan is amazing. They were fascinated by Liam and were following his every move. I wasn’t able to find the parents, but I could sure hear them. There is a slight sound difference between the parents and the adolescents. These guys are getting ready for a good night’s hunt. The one below was the first I spotted when I arrived.
As I was posting these, I did notice that the pics are a little blurry. I was shooting with a brand new telephoto lens that unfortunately does not have the VR I need for shooting them in low light. The one with VR cost about 300 dollars more! Being the pro that I am not, I could have changed the aperature and produced a much clearer shot. Next time I will just bring my tripod. Here’s another shot I took that may be a bit clearer.