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The pretty harbor view at blue hour.

Early Meeting Someone....What Shall I Do ?

Increased the ISO a little to keep the exposure shorter with the boats.

Late day just after sunset in Bar Harbor, Maine. Extended the shutter a little here to smooth out the reflection.

Seeing this Barred Owl for the first time in the wild was the absolute highlight of this trip to Vancouver Island. I saw "something" fly and then saw robins bothering him. He sat patiently for a few minutes allowing me to get this shot.

What goes up, most of the time comes down, and that’s exactly what happened to this Barred owlet. This fledgling lost its footing from a higher vantage point, and after dropping from the original perch, managed to extend a leg while descending and cling to a thin and non-compliant branch. After going from upright to completely upside down, the cycle of flapping in attempts to become upright again, and then resting while hanging upside down, continued through several cycles. After giving a rather discontented look, the owlet drooped its wings, looked down at the forest floor and dropped. The descent was about 15-20 feet and the dismount was effectively cushioned by wing beats, and the leaf litter. Upon landing, the owlet cautiously set off in the direction of it's mother and siblings where it eventually made its way up another tree.

Hotel and restaurant all lit up nicely against the blue hour sky ... like the bench/chairs out there on the grass ... shame no one was out there enjoying this nice Summer evening.

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This female barred owl was only about 12 feet away, so this isn't cropped. In fact, there wasn't enough depth of field, so I focus stacked two images, one focused on the face, one on the body. I then put her into my picture of the super moon from earlier in the year shot from my front yard. Both the moon and the owl were shot with the 7D with the 100-400mm at 400mm, but the owl was at f/7.1, shutter of 1/125 and ISO 2500 and shot in April. Colleyville Nature Center and Keller, Texas, USA, April 2017


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The 'Tiger Shark' red vessel there looked great under the colorful clouds and the start of Blue Hour as the sun had set.

This was a great bar at Guarda do Embaú, SC, Brazil.


The owner and his family kept the bar for 25 years without electric energy, still the beer was always cold and they had fresh fish.


They were obligated to close it due to some political/environmental issues.


The stars are out of focus, which I don't like, but at the time I had no way to keep the shutter longer than 30 secs.


This Barred Antshrike is a species that I always look forward to seeing whenever I visit Costa Rica. This one popped in on our first morning of last month’s visit and thought he didn’t hang around long he did give a nice pose for a few seconds.


Thamnophilus doliatus



Here is a capture taken in Bar Harbor, Maine with some neat clouds around after sunset.

One year anniversary from the trip to Maine ... here is what the sunset looked like a year ago up in Bar Harbor, Maine ... great spot to stay when you visit Acadia National Park.


My wife was able to shop while I walked around taking sunset shots there at the marina area ... best of both worlds in one location ;)

The Barred Owl’s hooting call, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” is a classic sound of old forests and treed swamps. But this attractive owl, with soulful brown eyes and brown-and-white-striped plumage, can also pass completely unnoticed as it flies noiselessly through the dense canopy or snoozes on a tree limb. Originally a bird of the east, during the twentieth century it spread through the Pacific Northwest and southward into California.

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The bar-headed goose is one of the world's highest-flying birds, having been heard flying across Mount Makalu – the fifth highest mountain on earth at 8,481 m (27,825 ft) – and apparently seen over Mount Everest – 8,848 m (29,029 ft) – although this is a second-hand report with no verification. This demanding migration has long puzzled physiologists and naturalists: "there must be a good explanation for why the birds fly to the extreme altitudes... particularly since there are passes through the Himalaya at lower altitudes, and which are used by other migrating bird species." In fact, bar-headed geese have never been directly tracked (using GPS or satellite logging technology) flying higher than 6,540 metres (21,460 ft), and it is now believed that they do take the high passes through the mountains. The challenging northward migration from lowland India to breed in the summer on the Tibetan Plateau is undertaken in stages, with the flight across the Himalaya (from sea-level) being undertaken non-stop in as little as seven hours. Surprisingly, despite predictable tail winds that blow up the Himalayas (in the same direction of travel as the geese), bar-headed geese spurn these winds, waiting for them to die down overnight, when they then undertake the greatest rates of climbing flight ever recorded for a bird, and sustain these climbs rates for hours on end, according to research published in 2011.



OM goodness, just one more then I've got to go do errands! Jumping ahead YET AGAIN to yesterday. A kind gentlemen showed me where this beauty was at the Cemetery ... am I blessed or what! I had looked and looked before when I learned there was a couple there. There's a nest in the crevice of an old Live Oak tree too.


OK, I cannot resist ... he was trying to get a little "shut eye" in the middle of the day!


I haven't seen one in a couple of years, and they are one of my faves for sure!




Mi amigo Carlos and I had a good day with owls, meadowlarks and Caracara. Rainy, overcast and fun.

Pretty late sunset colors on the clouds over the harbor.

I haven't managed to see many shorebirds this year but did get one lovely morning down at Nairns south of Perth. I do like these Bar-tailed Godwits, if only because they are easy to identify even though we only really get to see them in their non-breeding plumage.


No. 132 in my Birds of Australia set (thought I had posted one before but apparently not).


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The bird I have been looking for for a long time. I was told where to look for it but never found it. A friend then told me about a Screech Owl and where to look for the tree hole where it resides. I went to the place but before I found the tree hole, I spotted the Barred Owl sitting about 40 yards partly hidden by the Spanish Moss. As I looked for a better angle, this bird flew to a closer branch and stared me right in the eye.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF400mm f/5.6L USM, EF1.4X Converter II, Focal length 560mm, f/8, 1/2000, ISO 3200

Having her favorite lunch :)

Distrito Restaurant, Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale AZ


one of several inlaid in the bar top

This photo has been taken in November 2015 in Paris. I was discovering and taking photos of the bar life in the capital of France.

I was fascinated by amount of pastel colors and oldschool decorations in those places, also I have noticed a huge impact of art nouveau there

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Bar headed geese are native to Asia, where they breed in colonies of thousands near mountain lakes of Central Asia; they winter in South Asia, as far south as peninsular India. The bar-headed goose is often kept in captivity, as it is considered beautiful and breeds readily. This beauty was in captivity at the Château de Chenonceau.


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Beautiful wild Barred Owl taken in a local park in Calgary, Alberta. This was an incredibly calm owl.


This one's for you C&T!


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Bar on MSC Fantasia

The barred owl (Strix varia) is a typical owl native to eastern North America. Adults are large, and are brown to grey with barring on the chest. Barred owls have expanded their range to the west coast of the United States, where they are considered invasive. Mature forests are their preferred habitat, but they are also found in open woodland areas. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, but they are also known to prey upon other small animals such as reptiles and amphibians.

Sleeping in the warm sunshine

Whitby, Ontario

Barred Owl Portrait Collin COunty Texas USA

Three Lakes Wildlife Mgt Area, Kenansville, Florida


"The rich baritone hooting of the Barred Owl is a characteristic sound in southern swamps, where members of a pair often will call back and forth to each other. Although the bird is mostly active at night, it will also call and even hunt in the daytime. Only a little smaller than the Great Horned Owl, the Barred Owl is markedly less aggressive, and competition with its tough cousin may keep the Barred out of more open woods." Audubon

Barred for life...

A place I have wanted to see for a long time. A wonderful day out meeting old friends again and making new ones. With Mars Lander, Miss Lightyear and Skankypants :)

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