Any day now…

Barn Owl in flight Barn Owl in flight – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

In early spring after Barn Owl (Tyto alba) chicks have hatched there are opportunities here in Utah to see the adult owls hunting just after dawn breaks. Barn Owls are primarily nocturnal but when they have hungry chicks to feed they will hunt later in the morning and earlier in the evening than they do when they don’t have young which gives me wonderful opportunities me to photograph them in natural light.

Because we have had an earlier spring than normal the Barn Owls here may be slightly ahead of their normal cycle so I have been keeping an eye out for them. Any day now…



  1. Linda Rockwell March 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

    I think Barn Owls are so lovely! I don’t see them around here though. I’d love to see one. Beautiful photo Mia!

    • Mia McPherson March 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Linda, I love Barn Owls too, especially their heart shaped faces. I hope you see some in your area soon. Thank you.

  2. Susan March 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Lovely photo Mia as usual:)

    • Mia McPherson March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks so much for your very kind comments Susan, they mean a lot to me.

  3. Laurence Butler March 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Great flight shot. I’m really looking forward to your Barn Owl images.

    • Mia McPherson March 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Laurence, I hope to add more Barn Owl flight shots to my portfolio soon!

  4. Jim Braswell March 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Nice in-flight capture, Mia. I love these birds, but are rare around Missouri. Was very lucky to find one last spring and hoping to see it again!

    • Mia McPherson March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Jim I hope that you get to see your Barn Owl again, they are such lovely subjects. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Tammy Karr March 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Absolutely amazing photo! I can’t imagine how exciting it would be to see a Barn Owl hunting!

    • Mia McPherson March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Tammy, it is amazing to see Barn Owls hunting during the day. Thanks much for your kind comment.

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