I saw and photographed this Barred Owl while walking along the boardwalk in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. There were several people standing only 10-20 feet away snapping pictures of this bird and it didn’t seem to mind. The Owl is looking down at something in this picture and within a few minutes it swooped down to the moist ground below it and started crunching something in its beak. A few of us thought it must have been a crayfish. The Barred Owl has a rounded gray-brown head and brown and white streaked plumage on it’s body. It lives in hardwood swamps, cypress swamps, mesic hammocks, hardwood forests, wet prairies and marshes. The owl is a cavity nester using natural holes in trees and does not build it’s own nest. It is noted for it’s loud call.
See and hear a Barred Owl in this You Tube video