Feathers of an Owl

From 12.12

Something I have noted now that I am up in the country, is the dead owls and hawks this fall. My guess is they are less used to roads, as there are much less and the roads travelled are higher speed, a lot of milk trucks and semi’s. I have found 3 dead Barred Owls and a dead Red-Tail Hawk. Previously when I have found them I have buried them, but others in the past commented letting nature take it’s course might be better, so I have taken time with the animal to see it more closely, and using my sweater as a background, I wanted to try and capture some good from their death. Here are a few shots of feathers taken a while back – I just haven’t gotten around to posting it. I wish the photos were better, and I have tweaked the settings a little to show more detail.

From 12.12
From 12.12

*I have posted this before but as a reminder, possessing feathers or birds that are migratory is illegal and subject to fine.

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I currently observe nature in my spare time, using photography and observation to learn as much as I can about the beauty around me.
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6 Responses to Feathers of an Owl

  1. Mia McPherson says:

    I always get sad when I see a raptor or an owl that has obviously been struck by a vehicle. I’d never thought about photographing the feathers like you did. It is nice to see the fine details in the feathers.

    • docforestal says:

      Thanks Mia, always hard to know what is the best thing for the bird. I wanted to bury them, but it is less of the natural way. Finding a way to learn from them and show their beauty seems the best.

  2. Julie G. says:

    It breaks my heart to see birds that have been hit by vehicles. The feathers you have photographed are quite stunning, Dan! Beautiful detail.

  3. charlievanornum says:

    Hi Doctor Dan, Good Photos. Keep shooting and hope to see you at Dead Creek or down by the lake. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…Charlie and Sue V.O.

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