Angling for Attention.
Barred Owl (Strix varia georgica) fossils have been found in Florida, Tennessee, and even Ontario dating back ~11,000 years. Interestingly, this owl is not much of a traveler, tending to stay in its home range of a few miles for most of its life (it does not migrate, either). However, while this wise creature was once a denizen of only the eastern U.S., it spread through Canada and into pacific regions as far as California. On the west coast, it plots greedily against its smaller cousin, the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis), competing for resources and even hybridizing it.
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Canon 5D III, 400 ƒ/2.8L IS II, 1.4x III at
560mm, ƒ/4.5, 1/320 sec, ISO 1600
The Tui (P. n. novaeseelandiae) was one of my favorite bird species that I encountered in New Zealand. I have always been a fan of birds with a bit of personality, and Tui’s definitely fit this criteria. This male came by my window every day and would chase any other bird away, except for the much larger Kaka (Nestor meridionalis) that also loved to hang around the bush by my window. I fell head over heels for New Zealand’s many endemic birds, so much so that I would definitely go back to work with them in the future!
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The only time it makes sense to carry food with your feet is when your arms are doing something even more perplexing. For example, subverting the law of gravity. ~ Osprey
Happy Wildlife Wednesday everyone!
During the winter months there are plenty of other feathered visitors other than the Snowy Owls.
Here's a sampling of some of those birds.
1. Harlequin Ducks
3. Snow Bunting
4. Surf Scoter
5. Red-breasted Merganser
6. Purple Sandpiper
7. Common Eider
Make sure to head over to @lbif to check out "The Wildlife" Photography Exhibit and follow @satw.wildlife for more shots like these.