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Wise Old Owl

Wise Old Owl
The barred owl (Strix varia) is a large typical owl native to North America. Best known as the hoot owl for its distinctive call, it goes by many other names, including eight hooter, rain owl, wood owl, and striped owl. Breeding habitats are dense woods across Canada, the eastern United States, and south to Mexico; in recent years it has spread to the northwestern United States, having gradually spread farther south in the west. Barred owls may be partly responsible for the recent decline of the northern spotted owl, native to British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. Since the 1960s, barred owls have been expanding their range westward from the eastern US, perhaps because man-made changes have created new suitable habitat in the west. When spotted owls and barred owls share the same environment, the latter are generally more aggressive and out-compete the former, leading to decreased populations of the native owls. They have also been known to interbreed, with the hybrids named "sparred owl" or "botted owl", which are sterile, and further threaten the population stability of the Spotted Owl. The barred owl's nest is often in a tree cavity, often ones created by pileated woodpeckers; it may also take over an old nesting site made previously by a red-shouldered hawk, Cooper's hawk, crow, or squirrel. The principal prey of this owl are meadow voles, followed by mice and shrews of various species. Other mammals preyed upon include rats, squirrels, rabbits, bats, moles, opossums, mink, and weasels. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

Daniel Palacin, Simone Maurel, Angela Parker, Tina Sargent and 13 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
He's a bit tight in the frame, but a great capture nonetheless!
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous owl!
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Beautiful!
3 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
excellent!! it blinks with one eye, so nice!!
3 years ago.
Dick Stewart
Dick Stewart
Lovely shot.
3 years ago.
JCW
JCW
Il te fait bien un clin d'oeil?
3 years ago.
uwe162
uwe162
ganz wunderbares Bild !!
3 years ago.
Lil I --( Irene2carton old flickr name )
Lil I --( Irene2cart…
stunning shot beautiful detail
3 years ago.
Oldt1mer - Keith
Oldt1mer - Keith
A great capture of this marvellous bird.
3 years ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Stunning portrait!
3 years ago.
Lil I --( Irene2carton old flickr name )
Lil I --( Irene2cart…
gorgeous shot i really love the sun on his chest also
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in **Exquisite Birds**
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Handsome !
3 years ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image Kris, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
10 months ago.
Michelle Ress
Michelle Ress
nice photo and framing
10 months ago.
Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel
excellent picture
10 months ago.