12 comments on “Raptor Review – Eagles of the Night – Part 2

  1. Great series Ashley,
    Owls are really remarkable creatures. Along with Tawny Frogmouths, the most impressive thing I can recall is the absolute silence while they fly.
    I’ve had the good fortune to photography several Southern Boobooks, and as a little tacker can recall their ‘mopoke’ calls in the clear night air on the farm where I grew up. As your shots show they have a most majestic stance and an rather ‘softer’ face than some of the other owls.
    We had one in a local botanic garden for quite awhile, and it was comfortable enough to let the ebb and flow of people go through the gardens without any fear. But then it’s fair to say that not more than 1 in a hundred passersby even saw it. 🙂
    A local Barn Owl at the Werribee Open Plains Zoo hatched 14 young one year!

    Keep up the good work.
    DJ

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    • Thanks David, It is a treat when you can get up close to them as you did with the Boobook during the daytime. We have seen some Powerfuls in our city gardens from time to time but they can be there one day and in another tree nearby the next. One of their young was hit by a car sadly, that was the sum of their offspring that year. How amazing a Barn Owl having so many hatchlings, no wonder these birds are doing so well worldwide. Enjoy your week !

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  2. Brilliant photos of a difficult to photograph bird. Thanks for sharing the information about each of these magnificent owls. I have only ever seen a few owls in my lifetime, always at dusk so it’s hard to determine what kind of owl they were. But I do enjoy the owls in those flight shows at wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy your time away! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes owls are the least seen of our local birds and every opportunity is a golden one even when the shots are not as good as we would like. Yes flight shows are the best places to see them up close. Enjoy your week my friend ! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, I am delighted you enjoyed the owl showcase, they are the least studied of our birds and the ones we seldom see locally. Yes the large eye is certainly an asset for their night viewing.

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  3. Utterly fascinating, how I love these owls! Thank you, I may never spot one myself. I can only hope they’ll all be in the “new heaven and new earth”. May the Lord restore the fellowship we lost with His magnificent creation.
    Btw! A day ago I happened upon NatGeo Australian Wildlife – like your site in action! Took notes on: the pink chested Galah, “Australia’s favorite bird” the gorgeous Wren, the amazing Victoria Rife Bird – I’d dance with him! And the scary Cassowary – wow, what was God thinking!
    Won’t mention the Pelican, even though it can run 30 mph!
    Thank you brother for stirring my heart toward the works of God’s hand.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am delighted that you have enjoyed exploring our unusual birds, they are quite unique in many aspects. I feel very honored that you place my blog alongside National Geographic. Hope the weather is improving for you over there and you are all keeping warm and safe. Blessings dear sister 🙂

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