Remote Camera Pictures of an owl
Here is an interesting sequence of pictures from a remote camera I placed on a tree with an interesting cavity. These pictures were taken just after dusk, so the infrared "flash" washes out the cavity. The pictures were taken at 4 second intervals.
The bird is visible flying up to the small branch.
The bird is now on the small branch facing away from the camera.
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Watch the bird's head as you scroll down.
How about those eyes?
And just the day after Halloween.
The bird stayed on the branch for a minute or two and flew away. My guess is now Barred Owl rather than Eastern Screech-Owl for two reasons: first, it's in the bottoms where Barred Owls are common and Eastern Screech-Owls are rare. Second, even though the bird seems to be smaller than the 10" diameter tree it is beside, its wingspan in the first photo gives away the larger size of the bird. It would appear to be an optical illusion and that the bird is not sitting on a branch of the tree in the foreground. Thanks to my brother Guy for pointing out reason #1 and Martjan and some of the IBWO search team members for pointing out reason #2.