Barred Owl Fledglings

July 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I have been observing and photographing a pair of Barred Owl Fledglings for several weeks at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This pair is located in an area that is called Miner's Cove. I am able to sit in my vehicle on the side of the road to photograph them and the parents.

I like to park in this spot before daylight and listen to the hoot of the Barred Owls. When the sun starts to rise I hear the fledglings begin calling for food to be brought to them. This area has lots of crayfish and the adult Barred Owls will fly over the pool of water and pluck crayfish from it. I have tried numerous times to photograph this but I have been unsuccessful. They are in the willow trees and when they spot a crayfish they will quickly fly down and grab the crayfish. This is a small area and most of the time I am unable to get on the Owl quick enough. One of my main problems is that when they are catching crayfish it is in low light. I need to be able to shoot at a high shutter speed to catch the action and I am not able to do this in this area at that time of day. I will keep trying!

Barred Owl Facts

  • Barred Owls lay two to four eggs.
  • Young Owls fledge four to five weeks after hatching.
  • The parents will care for the fledglings for about six months.
  • These owls have few predators, but young, unwary owls may be taken by cats. The most significant predator of barred owls is the great horned owl.

 

Barred Owl Fledglings - 1498-180705Barred Owl Fledglings - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.


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