There is something so mystical and magical about owls that when you see one, you want to share it with others, even if you did only manage to get one photo.
I felt so lucky to spot this magnificent creature with my sister while we were walking through the Cobourg Conservation park.
We had to get somewhat close to him, as I only had a 50mm lens which is only somewhat zoomed in.
Sometimes its funny that life can present us with opportunities that we have been wanting. I have been thinking recently about how I would love to capture photos of wild animals. But I’m never quick enough with birds or chipmunks and plus I don’t have the right equipment.
And then suddenly you come across a perfect owl, perched so eloquently and still, and staring so intensely.
He was so beautiful and perfect and it made my heart skip a beat. There’s something about animals that make me feel so much joy and love. I love how they just ARE, unconsciously. Vital, and in the rhythm of nature.
They don’t have stupid things to worry about like careers or being cool. They just live and they are perfect. This is what makes them so innocent and worth caring about.
Sometimes when I see animals in the wild I get a feeling of sadness. Sad that all this perfection and innocent beauty that is almost magical, is dwindling …. being surrounded by roads, a plague of new housing developments, ugly buildings, people pumping loud pop music from their cars, the Tim Hortons down the street , etc, etc…
If only we could learn to live more slowly and harmoniously, without all the plastic, cheap frills of modernity. It would be better for us and better for them.
I read a little bit about owls, and this one is a Barred Owl. The photo was taken close to 4pm, so seeing as he was perched up high and it was getting close to sunset he was likely getting ready to hunt. Also, they can be spotted hunting when it is a cloudy or overcast day – which it exactly was when we saw him.
Some other fun details about Barred Owls;
- distinctive feature of having no ear tuffs
- highly vocal owl, with the loud and resounding – “hoo, hoo, hoo HOO” but they also make other strange noises like a yelp or frenzied monkey-like squall
- females are normally larger and heavier
- pairs mate for life
- male brings food to the female while she is on the nest
- have been known to live up to 23 years!