Posted in Birds, decay, Illinois, Nature, Photography

Barn Owl

This was the best of both worlds for me. While I’ve been primarily a nature/wildlife shooter my photography lately has been focused on urban decay. So while we were exploring an abandoned power plant in East St. Louis two barn owls were inside and started flying around. It was dark and hard to focus but I was able to snap a few shots of these magnificent raptors in flight inside the building. Next time I’ll be prepared.

Barn Owl in a turn

Posted in Birds, Missouri, Nature, Photography

They grow up so fast…

Since I had a day off I went over to Blackburn Park in Webster Groves to see the young owls while they are still hanging around the nest. Two of them were in the trees while the youngest was still in the nest. It was so much fun watching them soaking up the sun and testing their wings. Mom was close by keeping watch on them. It won’t be long before the youngest is out of the tree with its siblings.

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Posted in Birds, Missouri, Nature, Photography

Owlet!

Was given a tip about some baby owls over in Blackburn Park in Webster Groves. I let some friends know who live nearby and they were able to get lots of shots. Finally I was able to go over and see them for myself. This little guy is the largest of the three and was in the branch above the nest. The other two were hiding in the hollow. They are just so cute and it is wonderful to see these youngsters getting ready to fledge completely.

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