A rare daytime look at a pair of barred owls at Alligator River

By on March 1, 2019

Photos and story by Ben Gallop

This time of year is always a good time to see various raptors, such as hawks, kestrels, eagles etc., on the the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Owls are nesting and can sometimes be seen during the day.

They are always high on my list to find and watch or photograph, but they aren’t easy to locate. In fact, most times that I have found them have been pure luck.

This occasion was one of those times, and it was a real treat to find two barred owls in a tree right beside one of the roads on the refuge.

One of them stayed pretty hidden behind a limb while the other let me take pictures for about 10 minutes.

When the hidden owl flew deeper into the forest, the owl that was out in the open stayed behind.

When they were both in the tree, they would look at one another and after one flew off the other looked into the woods and exchanged hoots.

It goes to show that if you take your time, drive slowly and look deep into the trees, you never know what you might discover on the Refuge.

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