Scene in Edmonds: A barred owl lurks in the darkness

(Photos by Ken Pickle)

“I discovered a barred owl in our park several nights ago,” said Ken Pickle of Edmonds. “The light was fading fast and I shot a few singles through the kitchen window. He was getting restless, so I switched to shutter priority (hoping to get some in-flight shots).

“He did fly and I took the shots, but at 1/3200 of a second they were almost black. However, I was able to recover them with the Denoise (now built-in to Lightroom). Here are the results.”

  1. Of all the great Edmonds owl photos we’ve seen over the years, these really show the essence of BEING AN OWL! ! Mr. Pickle, thank you for bringing us the true night life in our rare (and disappearing) woodlands!

  2. These owls are such great hunters; I’m glad I’m not a rodent! Edmonds is blessed to have barred owls in almost every Edmonds park. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

  3. Thank you so much Ken for these beautiful shots. I’ve only been able to see a barred owl at the zoo. So it’s a real treat to see this one in the wild and in motion. Such magnificent birds and in the low light you managed to capture the feel of its dark woods habitat.

    1. Fantastic photos! The enhancements used to bring these to light creates an almost oil painted appearance. Amazing color tomes and the different depth of focus is spectacular. You should be very pleased with these, Ken.

      Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

  4. ken, once again i am stunned by your owl pix. the lighting is extraordinary, and it is so thrilling to enjoy that beauty. thank you for your visual generosity.

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