My first picture of a Barred Owl was from a long distance at Orlando Wetlands in February 2023. It got spooked by an Turkey Vulture and flew away. The next encounter was more up-close-and-personal.
I was arriving the Wetlands just after sunrise, and sitting on top of a sign for the park was a sleeping Barred Owl. Only about 10 feet away from it, I stopped to take a few pictures – but let the bird get its rest. Several hours later, as I was leaving, I spotted the owl again near the sign, but this time it was sitting in a nearby tree. I was able to get some nice photos of the owl, which was now awake.
Barred Owls, like other owls, are nocturnal, so it’s not often you can get pictures of them in the daylight. My photos of them have come near sunrise or early in the morning. And even though you might not be able to see them, you can certainly hear them with their hooting when the sun goes down.
Here are some of my favorite photos of Barred Owls since I started taking pictures in January 2023.