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Barn Owl

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Barn Owl

Barn Owl

If you were an owl, would you want to be called ‘Monkey-face?’ I will admit, however, there is some semblance. The more I wade into the stream of photogaphy the more I want to know about the subjects I see in the view finder. Yes, people may compliment me on an image but what do they think about the subject? I do love the light on this Barn Owl and how it is facing the light, it makes for a fine image. But, what else?

With the ease of the internet, I’ve begun to snoop around to find out about the subjects. You can follow this link to a good article on Barn Owls. I did not realize the short life expectancy of Barn Owls, 1-2 years. Nor did I know about there different calls.


Written by Monte Stevens

August 21, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Monkey faced or not, the coloring, texture and feather patterns of this Barn Owl is wonderful. There were a couple of Barn Owls which lived for a while in a barn on the farm I grew up on. They use to scare me with their sudden calls and the huge rush of feathers and movement as they took flight. I’d always enter that barn looking up. đŸ™‚
    Thanks for the link. I didn’t know they had such a short life span either.


    August 21, 2009 at 8:28 am

  2. Owls are one of my very favorite creatures, and I’ve spent quite a few nights falling asleep to this fellow’s cousin, the barred owl. Owls actually mourn the loss of a mate so intently, they may turn themselves, on a branch, toward the trunk of a tree and just stare until they starve themselves to death. This is a wonderful capture, Monte.


    August 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

  3. Barn Owl .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.


    January 11, 2010 at 2:19 am

  4. Gorgeous colour, and like you say, the light falling on the face and the dark back is very effective. Another key aspect is the way you frame the subject.

    This species has had a difficult time in the snow-covered UK – we were relieved to see the snow thaw at the weekend, so the Barn Owls can find food again.


    January 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

    • This is a captive and wounded bird that will not be released, used only for presentations and education. It was taken in Arizona where they are acclimated to warm weather so cold an snow really do have an impact on them. Thanks for stopping by.

      Monte Stevens

      January 19, 2010 at 10:53 am

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