Barred Owl at Tualatin Hills Nature Park
May 29, 2014
I went back to Tualatin Hills Nature Park just in time to see the last Pileated woodpecker fledge. You can see it’s first moment outside the nest on my 365 -Empty Nest post. Afterwards I planned to search for the Barred owl again, but I didn’t have to. It was sitting on a branch directly over a path around the corner from the woodpecker nest!
Usually when you see it you have to wonder why you missed it as you walked past it the first time. This time there was already a group of people under the tree looking up at it so it was easy to spot.
This barred owl was smaller than the one I saw last week, but much easier to photograph since he wasn’t in the thick of trees. As the crowd grew he turned his head watching us.
You know I took 500 shots of him. These are my favorites. With my new lens!!
At one point he fluffed up his feathers – isn’t he gorgeous?
Some people left, others came then left. I will go back to this amazing park to enjoy again without a crowd. It has a spiritual, magical feel to it. You might want to check out their Facebook page to see photos that people share of the amazing landscape and wildlife.
My last shot of him is a blur as he flew directly toward, then past me. This is the last shot before he left the branch. I could not manipulate my camera with the new lens fast enough to catch his flight. Still practicing with it!! Starting to get excited about how I’ll translate these images into glass.
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