Large owl. Head round with no ear tufts. Eyes dark. Underparts whitish with dark streaks. Note- the eyes are actually Black, I captured the first photo just as he was blinking so the light areas that you are seeing are actually his eyelids! the last photo was taken while he slept :)
Forested areas, from swamps and riparian areas to uplands. Prefers large blocks of forest. (note, All about birds says it prefers large blocks of forests, however this one and its mate live in a very small block of woods next to a railroad track in the city of Tallahassee).
Interesting Fact - I was able to locate this owl and its mate several times during the day - only due to the fact that when a train comes by, they let out one of their hoots! Not sure if they do this everywhere, but thought it interesting... So far the only owl I have had the pleasure of seeing and photographing.. A large owl of extensive woodlands, the Barred Owl is familiar for its distinctive "who-cooks-for-you, who-cooks-for-you-all" hooting.
Lat: 28.94, Long: -81.34
Spotted on Mar 24, 2011
Submitted on Feb 10, 2012
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