Sunday, December 26, 2010

Barred Owl

This barred owl (Strix varia) was sitting quietly in this bush. I was walking north on the Wabash River trail in Lafayette and didn't notice this big bird until I was right along side of it, only about ten feet away. It didn't seem to mind my presence and just looked at me and didn't fly away. This part of the trail is at McAllister Park. I kept walking and got as far as Heron Island before turning back and when I got back to this place two hours later this same owl was still there sitting on the same branch.

Picture taken December 25, 2010.

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