Barred Owls of Alligator River

This year has been a great year for Barred owls at Alligator River NWR. The family of owls having been hanging out, most of the time, right beside Sawyer Lake Road. I've been photographing them since memorial day weekend and a couple weeks back I had an incredible encounter. While photographing them one saw an earth worm moving on the ground right beside me. It flew from the tree, landed on the worm and return to the woods. It all happened so qucikly and so close that I was unable to create a usable photograph. It was just amazing to witness it!

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After spending the morning searching for bear and after a mid-day meeting I returned in the early afternoon. While photographing one of them, which was very close to the road and at eye level, one of the adults flew in with a crayfish! It slowly handed it off to the youngster and lunch was served! It was a great experience! The photographs aren't perfect by no means but it was all about the experience for me. 

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After the adult left I saw where it landed and I followed and sat with it for another 30 minutes or so before heading back home. If your out and about in Alligator River this summer keep an eye out for them. Owls are my favorite birds and being in the presence is almost spiritual for me.

Until next time,

Cheers, Neil.