Strix varia georgica
About 18 inches tall (estimated). The feathers were tan, rather than white and then brown. The eyes were black, and the camera reflected this. I saw it about 10:00am which is clearly daytime. The talons are visible on several of these shots. Five to eight Bluejays were going crazy squawking and flying in all the trees around this owl. One got particularly close and the owl turned its head 45 degrees to the right.
Woods, wooded swamps - I normally don't see this bird in my backyard, especially this time of the day, but the swamps are full and creeks are full given the rain we recently had, so perhaps the prey has moved to higher ground closer to my house? Also, there are at least 3 chipmunks that scurry around my yard, and I've seen some rats as well. So it's rich hunting ground.
He flew away silently. It was amazing. Look at the enlarged first one and you can see its yellow foot and SHARP talon.
Lat: 33.77, Long: -84.30
Spotted on Oct 17, 2011
Submitted on Oct 17, 2011
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