Yesterday, I posted a photo of a Young Barred Owl With Crayfish. Today, I am sharing a photo of the young owl’s parent.
I was lucky enough to observe the adult Barred Owl for over an hour as it kept watch over the water below the tree, searching for crayfish. The owl was a stunning sight to behold, and I was grateful for the opportunity to capture it.
To get the photo, I parked my pickup on the side of the auto tour road and used a bean bag to stabilize my camera and lens, which was resting on the open window. This technique allowed me to keep my hands steady and get the shot I was after.
Note: Yes, Barred Owls are known to eat crayfish as part of their diet. In addition to crayfish, Barred Owls also feed on a variety of other prey, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. They are opportunistic hunters and will feed on whatever is most readily available and easiest to catch in their environment.
• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 1, 2020
• Aperture: f7.1
• Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
• ISO: 2500
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 300 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Here are more photos of the Barred Owl I photographed in this same area this year: