The Barred Owl
These pictures were taken September 1, 2010 at 10:30 AM. I was walking outside my house, with my camera, and noticed something on a branch just above my head. I was almost directly underneath this bird, only a few feet away. Before I could get my camera turned on, it flew to a nearby tree. I used my telephoto lens to get some pictures. I took nearly a hundred pictures, but only twenty were usable and some of them were slightly blurred. My camera does not have stabilization and I do not have a tripod. I did what I could to get some pictures.
This is a strange bird, almost eerie. With a little anthropomorphism, the face has a human look, and a very sad look to say the least. I felt sadness as I watched the bird look for food. I knew that the look in the eyes was not sadness, but simple hunger, as it looked for mice and chipmunks. The last picture was taken from a different place.