For the first time in a couple of years I saw two Barn Owls yesterday morning flying along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park. The first Barn Owl was on the north side of the causeway flying east towards the park entrance over the snow covered mudflat.
These large, nocturnal owls do fly during daylight hours in winter when the weather is very cold and there is snow on the ground. They will also fly later in the morning and earlier in the evening when they are raising a brood of chicks.
The light was beautiful yesterday morning and because the owl was heading east I was able to get a catch light in in its dark, deep set eyes.
The Barn Owl appeared to be hunting the vegetation that grows along the sides of the causeway. When I view this image in its full resolution I can see blood on the owl’s feet so it must have had a successful hunt not too long before this photo was taken.
The Barn Owl in these last two frames was flying along the south side of the causeway further west than the first owl and it was also heading east. The background in the image above is a section of the mudflats of the Great Salt Lake where there wasn’t a layer of snow or ice on it.
And in this frame there was a layer of snow lit up by the sun at the bottom of the frame and a thin layer ice on the mudflats behind that. It almost looks like the owl is flying above some fluffy clouds but that isn’t the case at all.
I am always grateful to see Barn Owls in winter and to be able to photograph them in sweet light is a delight.
Life is good.