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Barred Owl

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Barred Owl just captured a red squirrel. The scroll down story is on flickr:


Mixed woods


This was very hard to watch. The owl had been waiting quietly in a tree nearby for over 2 hours when this unfortunate squirrel came out of hiding and the owl swooped in on it before it saw the owl coming. It is nesting time for owls in February. So the squirrels life was lost so that young owlets could survive.

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Thanks for your comments every one.
Atul I watched the owl for most of the morning out my office window. It was pretty inactive, eyes closed, or spinning its head around now and then but not moving from its perch for several hours. Suddenly it took off heading straight for the window and next I saw it land with this poor squirrel. Fortunately I was holding my camera.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great spotting..!!

Atul 8 years ago

wow what a snap u must have been watching the bird for quite some time

AshleyAkers 8 years ago

awsome capture!

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

It is a these moments when the reality is thrust at you, I have trouble with how life is arranged. It is hard not to do something... to just let life take its course.

ScottRasmussen 8 years ago

That's an extremely good shot of a powerful moment. I always feel a little uneasy when I witness a predator catching its prey.

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Many thanks!!

animaisfotos 8 years ago

Definitely one of my favorites ever. A golden moment. Thanks for sharing.

correaman13 8 years ago


alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Fascinating story, shows you have a heart!

Carolina 8 years ago

Incredibly amazing!

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

I guess spotted owls are being threatened by Barred owls... thanks for the link!

galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Thanks ... fixed it

Dale 9 years ago

Great shot! By the way, the location is Unknown and points to the ocean.

galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Thanks eularubio, peter and lori!

It was very tough to watch. Had to keep telling myself that the squirrel traded its life for the Barred Owl's chicks. Ironically it helped to have a camera between me and the "decisiveness" of this moment. Made it more abstract somehow.

lori.tas 9 years ago

What a great "decisive moment" photo.

peter 9 years ago

I can't believe you captured this moment!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 9 years ago

Very good picture.

Spotted by

Maine, USA

Lat: 44.50, Long: -68.24

Spotted on Feb 9, 2009
Submitted on Jan 1, 2011

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