Barking Hell

Ok so I had a chat to @timtam_adams and @canberrabec this afternoon and I may have mentioned the new Bats that have come to my backyard for a rest seeing as after the Cyclone a few birds and bats have been displaced... well I got home, got the camera out and started to climb the tree to get closer to the bats. Well half way up the tree this Blue Faced Honeyeater calls out. So I climb down and take his photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdtown/5447019809/ and then these Yellow Honeyeaters are making a big commotion, normally this means snake, so off I go in the hope of getting a reptile shot... but nope, just a Barking Owl!!!

Barking Hell! This guy is a first for my garden, I have seen them in town before at the Botanic Gardens and they are gorgeous birds to find, but one sitting in my garden in my tree!!!!

The cool thing is, this guy is sleeping now, the noisy birds have gone away and he is resting up before the night comes. And, he is right outside the window where I now sit. Gorgeous bird!
Wow! This is an amazing shot! Love it!
posted February 15th, 2011  
wow.. I love the way he's watching you!!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Great shot.Such beautiful big eyes. Well captured.
posted February 15th, 2011  
What a magnificent shot of him, he really seems to be peering at you!
posted February 15th, 2011  
@exposure4u @buggus @vaderkip @hinhoutbay - his eyesight and hearing is amazing, to sit here and watch him listen and look at everything is quite spellbinding.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Well timed and truly great composure!!!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Amazing... the only word for it, as always a brillant shot
posted February 15th, 2011  
oh yeah, the bat shot found its way here...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52616213@N08/5447651726
posted February 15th, 2011  
@uller @frameit - Thank you thank you Christopher and Tracy :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
great great great image
posted February 15th, 2011  
A real 'Discovery' in your own backyard - awesome stuff - wonderful capture!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Awesome shot! The eyes are great.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Jason, this is B.....y amazing. You are the best. It is just such an amazing shot.
posted February 15th, 2011  
@houdiniem - thank you thank you thank you :)

@thebluegnu - Cheers Gnu, I am stoked about this discovery, I hope he stays for a while. There's plenty of frogs to go around!

@natew214 - Thanks Nathan, Owl eyes are amazing!

@swilde - Thank you Sue. I did get other shots of the whole bird without the leaves in the way, but this shot just had the drama I wanted for 365!
posted February 15th, 2011  
He looks spellbound too :-)
posted February 15th, 2011  
Wow Jason, it's all happening huh? It's a beautiful photo. Look forward to tomorrow's!
posted February 15th, 2011  
@hinhoutbay - its easy to see why they are linked to sorcery!

@mimma_blue - Thank you Mimma, I look forward to taking tomorrow's shot eh?
posted February 15th, 2011  
He's beautiful! Lucky you to have him in your garden.
posted February 15th, 2011  
@bella_ss - Thanks Sheralee, i do consider myself lucky :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
fantastic - he's looking right into the camera
posted February 15th, 2011  
@littlec - he was intrigued by my movements and that of the noisy friarbirds and yellow honeyeaters!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Oh this is sooooo very cool! :) He definitely needed to be your photo for the day. He is really checking you out in this shot - amazing :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
@canberrabec - Thank you 'berrabec, I was so heading home to take photos of bats... but am so glad i spotted this guy! :)

He is only the third specie of Owl to frequent our yard... :D
posted February 15th, 2011  
spectacular shot. what a look you're getting.
posted February 15th, 2011  
@jgoodridge - thank you Jeff :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
Wow! I thought, is this for real? And I had to go read your description to find out. Great catch!
posted February 15th, 2011  
@callalilla - he is real alright! There is a tree in town where 30 of these birds have often been found roosting!

Here is a shot I took last year : http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdtown/5191638594/
posted February 15th, 2011  
OMG they're so cute! You're lucky to see them all the time. But they're mean, aren't they?
posted February 15th, 2011  
@callalilla - only if you are prey... these guys will eat small geckoes, skinks, frogs and grasshoppers. I would love to see a Rufous Owl in our garden but they eat Possums, chickens and small family pets!!!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Lucky you! He is gorgeous!! And your picture is fantastic!
posted February 15th, 2011  
@lisjam1 - why thank you Lisabell :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
Beautiful bird and great shot. Love those eyes checking you out.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Such a funny little bird! Great capture :)
posted February 15th, 2011  
@bobfoto Can you tell I love wild things? My kids laugh at me because I go crazy when I see a bluebird. I can’t help it. They’re beautiful and not that common. I would just die if I saw an owl in my yard.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Amazing shot! I think I would have run the other way with eyes like that staring at me. Really terrific capture!!!
posted February 15th, 2011  
another amazing capture..those are some mesmerizing eyes. yup, I've come to believe you live in a tropical paradise. looking forward to whatever other displaced wildlife you have living with you.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Jason, this is a terrific shot. I'm all about animals and I love it.
I checked out your flickr shots and am so impressed. You have some stunning photos.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Wow, wow wow!! LUCKKKYYYY!!! I LOVE this Jason, he is very pretty.
posted February 15th, 2011  
holy!!!! fantastic shot. lucky you!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Wow Jason, what a shot. I love owls, and you captured this one perfectly. Look at those eyes!! I guess that one good thing came from the cyclone. Congrats on a great shot!!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Awesome! Great focus on those eyes! Nice that the cyclone brought some gifts-
posted February 15th, 2011  
great capture! love the expression on the bird lol
posted February 15th, 2011  
Owls are a tremendous bonus to a backyard.
posted February 15th, 2011  
Absolutly stunning. You are increadably lucky to have him in your back yard. Sure hope he sticks around. Great capture.
posted February 15th, 2011  
@girlie - Thank you Robin, I have had the privilege of seeing a few Owls up close in the past year or so, and the eyes are amazing.

@alia_801 - he's is small for a Barking Owl but still at 35cm (13inches) in height he is much bigger then the other birds that were harassing him.

@lisjam1 - I too would get excited by a Bluebird in my yard. I have no idea what they look like to tell you the truth!

@roejan - This Owl puffed up his feathers at one stage and displayed his wings which I interpreted as a way of making himself larger, so I backed off then. I don't want to scare this guy now that he has made my garden his home???

@myla - Thank you myla, I left my hometown 6 years ago now and I still find myself behaving like a tourist in my new town. I too feel like it is still a tropical paradise, despite the Cyclones!

@maggie2 - Thank you Margaret, the flickr bird shots have been an obsession for the past 18 months. I would like to photograph all of the known birds here in my area... I've taken around 220 I think so far, but it is getting harder!

@tnamari @tinaleonard - thank you thank you Tinas :)

@cjwhite - Thank you Carolyn.

@petersonsheri @hillcrest - Thank you Sheri and Cheryl, I do hope some of the birds can make their way back to their true homes. While it is nice to see them here, my yard is only a sanctuary for the short term I guess?

@loztsoul - Thanks Trevor.

@httpgeffed @lmasinton - He can eat as many rats and snakes as he would like... just hope he leaves the occasional frog and lizard!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Wow! What a beautiful shot! I love the eyes on this owl.
posted February 15th, 2011  
@daisy - Thank you Kathryn, I was so delighted in seeing this guy so up close and personal!
posted February 15th, 2011  
Stunning - I think that one word describes this photo. Jason I love seeing your photos every day they are truly amazing.
posted February 15th, 2011  
I just love those eyes. Brilliant shot.
posted February 16th, 2011  
I faved it! I think these animals must know, through their ultra keen senses, that your garden is a place of refuge, where no harm will come to them. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how he is bending his head down to peer out at you!
posted February 16th, 2011  
wow so lucky! nice catch!
posted February 16th, 2011  
oooh he's gorgeous, what a fabulous picture..x
posted February 16th, 2011  
Fan-freaking-tastic!
posted February 16th, 2011  
@sunny870 - Thank you Sunny, I hope I can continue to amaze! Thanks :)

@rach_who - Cheers Rach, I do too love the eyes, but I think it is the talons on these guys that are most impressive! Why have such claws to catch frogs and grasshoppers???

@aj1268 - I hope so Paula, I have only lived here for one year now and I think I felt the same kind of feeling when I first set foot here. There's a comfort on this patch of earth.
posted February 16th, 2011  
@sarahbeebe @bec01 @pixelchix - Thank you thank you thank you :D
posted February 16th, 2011  
Excellent shot, love his eyes, they are just staring straight at you
posted February 16th, 2011  
@lynne3804 - Thank you Lynne, his eyesight was so accurate, it is impressive to see him check everything out!
posted February 16th, 2011  
Amazing! What a jam packed tree!
posted February 16th, 2011  
@moira - thanks Moira, I have seen these guys on proper trees before, and today he holds tight to the branch of an Albizia. But in this shot, he is hanging off a Palm frond which is not a great roosting spot, not a great photo spot either, but I fluked this one eh?
posted February 16th, 2011  
I love owls. I find them so huggable...this one is a beauty! :-)
posted February 16th, 2011  
This is totally fabulous! What a find and what an expression he's got! We are very keen birdwatchers here in UK so this is a brilliant sight, especailly as its in the wild, well your garden! :-) I had been wondering what had happened to the wild life during your floods and storms, good to know some have found new territory. Have been looking at yourr calendar and would love to follow you. If for nothing else but to see all the tiny spiders coming out of yesterday's cocoon!! (My guess)
posted February 16th, 2011  
@niara - thank you. I don't know about hugs... just look at the talons! There is a Owl in town that I have seen which is around 60cm (24inches) in height and he is quite the size!
posted February 16th, 2011  
@Cherrill - Thank you Cherill, I am amazed at the recovery of our trees and plants, and also of the wildlife. I am yet to get up to the Hinchinbrook area to see how the Cassowaries went. They were really decimated after Cyclone Larry in 2006 and this year's Cyclone may have effected them once again. I have heard that some of the birds just never return...
posted February 16th, 2011  
Ira
Love it! :D Fav.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Deb
What a great story to accompany an amazing picture. I LOVE the intensity in his eyes. It's as if he is saying, "Who the h*** are you and why are you bothering me in MY tree?" Awesome!
posted February 16th, 2011  
Gorgeous Bird Indeed! What a beautiful photo!
posted February 16th, 2011  
And I thought I was fortunate to have Great Horn owls do occasional flyovers. Wonderful find & amazing shot! Love how you were able to get such a clear crisp shot of his face.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Wow! Those eyes are arresting!
posted February 16th, 2011  
i love that you were literally in a tree taking this photo - classic
posted February 16th, 2011  
Oh, this is just too beautiful! Fav! I love birds, but owls are my favourite.
Sometimes a Spotted Eagle Owl will come and perch on my garden wall at night, and I also sit in spellbound awe, feeling so honoured that it chose MY garden! I will have my camera ready next time...
posted February 16th, 2011  
A fav for me too
posted February 16th, 2011  
Congratulations on making the front sign-in page with this guy!
posted February 16th, 2011  
What a great shot!! He is beautiful:)
posted February 16th, 2011  
OH MY GOD!!! WOW!!! Heheee! He looks SO adorable and wide eyed and curious, so in love with this shot... What a cute little feller!!!
posted February 16th, 2011  
Wow! Incredible pic! I had no idea there were owls in the tropics
posted February 16th, 2011  
oh wow, what a fantastic capture
posted February 17th, 2011  
Oh my goodness, this is absolutely fantastic!!!
posted February 17th, 2011  
wow. he is beautiful! terrific capture :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
This is an awesome photo. But then you already know that. :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Wow!! Fantastic capture!!! Just gorgeous!! However, I don't think I'd ever climb up a tree to get a picture of a bat! Those things carry icky diseases!
posted February 17th, 2011  
So lucky to see him and such a great shot.
posted February 17th, 2011  
wow, nothing like this where I live! terrifically detailed capture of such a interesting looking owl! (those eyes!)
posted February 17th, 2011  
@ira @dejongdd @emeraldboots - Thank you Ira, Deb and Jill :)

@timandelke @pripri - Cheers timandelke and Priya :)

@molizard @cath - Great Horn Owls and Spotted Eagle Owls!!! I think we all need to see photos of these birds.

@araminta @bremi - thank you Araminta and thank you Karoline. :)

@aj1268 - Cheers Paula, I notice Mr Owl has a residence on the PP too, he is a very popular little bird!

@jupiterjanes - Thanks Sarah. :)

@tabbycat - there are 7 tropical Owls here in NQ and another 3 if you include the Frogmouths. Then there are the Owlets. I have been lucky enough to photograph 3 of the Owls and 2 of the Frogmouths, but I still get excited each time I see one :D

@kirsty1975 @sevinstitches @genesislomax @nanascraps - Thank you Kirsty, thank you Amanda, thank you Genesis and thanks Barbara ;)

@kerristephens - everyone ends up with an icky disease someday eh?

@elephantgirl @celly525 - Cheers elephantgirl and celly, thanks! :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Wonderful capture!
posted February 17th, 2011  
@cglist - thank you Cindy :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
fabulous photo and lucky, lucky you to have one in your yard!
posted February 17th, 2011  
Whoa!!!!!!!!! Unbelievably awesome capture, Jason!
posted February 17th, 2011  
wow, what an amazing capture! wonderfully done.
posted February 17th, 2011  
WOAH !!! I see you...... ;-)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Very unusual owl shot.
posted February 17th, 2011  
Oh, how lucky you are to have him right outside your window!! Great shot, it looks like he is looking right back at you and saying "what are you doing here?" hehehe
posted February 17th, 2011  
Thats a wonderful shot....amazing eyes! :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
This is beyond National Geographic good - its excellent - just love it!
posted February 17th, 2011  
Shut the front door! This is seriously amazing!!
posted February 17th, 2011  
@nonni @hiddencreek @kellyhaysley @jennlouise @miranda @pslamb @looseimages - Thank you Arline, Kari, Kelly, Jennie, Patti, Lucy and Marinade, I appreciate your kind comments, thanks! :)
posted February 18th, 2011  
@cindy - Cindy, that is awesome of you to say, I'm flattered, thanks!

@laceyjogautreau - Cheers Lacey, thank you. :)
posted February 18th, 2011  
by the way... the Owl has now become my most viewed shot... going past the boring bnw sp and past the old Golden Eye Frog.

Thanks everyone :)
posted February 18th, 2011  
Congrats on making top 20! Amazing photo!
posted February 18th, 2011  
@attraversi - OH really???? Thank you very much Stephanie... Jason does the happy dance of joy!

And as an update, the Owl is still roosting during the day in my garden, at the moment, a Bowerbird is annoying the Owl, and I think all of the birds have taken 5 minutes out of their day to bark at the Owl. I'm glad I do not own a dog.
posted February 18th, 2011  
Wow. Super shot. You seem to have a very busy back yard.
posted February 18th, 2011  
@tanagerjohn - thank you John, yeah one of the fig trees today had a host of birds amongst its boughs, including a new specie for my backyard, a Superb Fruit Dove.
posted February 19th, 2011  
incredible
posted February 19th, 2011  
@dvarey - thank you Diana :)
posted February 19th, 2011  
Wow, what a fabulous picture - He's watching you closely, isn't he?
posted February 20th, 2011  
Simply adorable! Love this photo!!! Definitely a fav!
posted February 20th, 2011  
@dollybeads @interludephotos - thank you thank you Ellen and Kim :)
posted February 20th, 2011  
Not sure how I missed this one but damn it's a cracking capture mate. The eye contact is just staggering. You must be stoked with it!

Congrats on making the top photos too!!
posted February 20th, 2011  
@dcr - Thanks Drew, I knew this one was a keeper when the shutter clicked!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Amazing!! Love Owls... I hear them but never see them..
posted February 20th, 2011  
WOW I have never even heard of this owl...and he's GORGEOUS! Great photo!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Barking Hell there's alot of comments on this lol And rightfully so! This is incredible! I kinda feel like he's looking into my soul! haha
Seriously though, amazing shot!! You've photographed him perfectly. Fav :-)
posted February 21st, 2011  
@wendyperry365 - these ones sound like a little dog, and is why they are called Barking Owls. It is an odd sound and they sometimes make it during the day so it is a good way to find them. But the easiest way is to listen to the other birds trying to scare the Owl away!

@terek55 - Thanks Terry, they are a lovely Owl and to have one in the garden is awesome!

@amz87 - Cheers Amy, thank you for the fave and the sweet comment!
posted February 21st, 2011  
Wow! What a look he's giving you. An amazing shot Jason!
posted February 21st, 2011  
@snowangel - Why thank you Mae, the sad news is I can no longer find him in my garden, he is not out there this morning... I hope he has a safe tree to roost in. :)
posted February 21st, 2011  
am i the only one who thinks owls are scary?! lol great shot!
posted February 27th, 2011  
@meganconley - I do not think you're alone Megan, you only have to take one look at those feet to realise you're not messing with a canary...

thanks for the comment :)
posted February 27th, 2011  
absolutely stunning! fav!
posted March 7th, 2011  
@loopy12 - thank you Lyndal and thanks for the fave :)
posted March 7th, 2011  
Sorry for not saying it sooner but I just went thru and looked at the last couple of Top 20's! Congratulations to you!! This is such an incredible shot..
posted March 11th, 2011  
@buggus - thank you Oleta, I was pretty chuffed when I saw this gorgeous Owl in the Top20, it was exciting!

Thanks :)
posted March 11th, 2011  
Wow, how the heck did I miss this? It's just crazy good! I really enjoyed looking through your albums....dude, you've got talent! :)
posted March 30th, 2011  
@bluemoon - thank you thank you thank you Paula, I must admit to this one that I was concerned that I may have been shaking too much when trying to take this shot as I knew at the moment, that it was a rare moment. Pity I didn't take this shot this week, it could have been included in the framed theme???
posted March 30th, 2011  
WOOOW!!! this is fantastic!!! Your photos are SOOO AMAZING!! I could comment on them ALL!! LOVE your work!!
posted April 15th, 2011  
@kdimagery - Well I am always up for a challenge and Ms Amy Moon @amz87 once commented on all my shots... and I tried to reply to all. So if you are keen on taking up the challenge Ms Kd Wallis, then I would read all of your comments.

especially if they were all as complimentary as the words here...

#:0)
posted April 15th, 2011  
Aww look at me getting a mention hehe. I plan to continue commenting on every single photo until you're done. Just so I can say I did...oh and because your photos are fantastical :-p
posted April 15th, 2011  
@amz87 - hee hee hee. Do you ever watch Flight of the Conchords?
posted April 15th, 2011  
I've seen it a few times but not really my thing lol.
posted April 15th, 2011  
@amz87 - Cool.
posted April 15th, 2011  
Was there a reason? lol
posted April 15th, 2011  
@amz87 - Oh yeah... hang on... yeah. I really dig the chick/sheila on FOTC that was the stalker.... She Rocked!
posted April 15th, 2011  
Oh I think I know the one, she's in a few movies. Also....what are you implying? hehe
posted April 15th, 2011  
@amz87 - just that sometimes a following can be sweet...










phew.... got out of that one.
posted April 15th, 2011  
Muahahaha
posted April 15th, 2011  
Love how you both found each other! Great shot!
posted April 15th, 2011  
@amiller - found two of these Owls in my trees last night! They make such a sweet noise!
posted April 15th, 2011  
You lucky lucky lucky so and so! Wonderful bird, and wonderful pic. Nice one :-)
posted May 23rd, 2011  
@blightygal - as I type, I can hear a Boobook Owl outside... they're sweet little guys. The Barking Owl seen here has been known to come and go at night. They are lovely birds.
posted May 23rd, 2011  
this is an amazing shot right here! blows mine right out of the water! this is incredible!!
posted December 30th, 2011  
@jardika3 - Oh I giggled like a little girl when I got this shot Jess!
posted December 30th, 2011  
omg Jason i just saw this on the 'fav photo for 2011' thread, what an incredible shot!!!! Not to mention your own funny reaction to it, may be a long time late but i just have to add it to my fav pics:)
posted January 1st, 2012  
@trude - It's never to late to +fav Trude! And yeah... this shot was a cracker although maybe I should have gone with the frog eating dragonfly one?
posted January 1st, 2012  
fab pic Jason, a fav
posted January 2nd, 2012  
@parisouailleurs - Thank you Helene. :D
posted January 2nd, 2012  
WOW!!
posted January 26th, 2012  
@dhartley - Thanks Debbie, this photo was exciting to take! I knew I had a cool shot once that shutter fired!
posted January 26th, 2012  
pure killer awesomeness...must mash the fav key now!
posted February 1st, 2012  
@loztsoul - Thank you Trevor. Mash away my friend!
posted February 1st, 2012  
Stellar capture. Love it. FAV. Thanks for sending me the link.
posted November 17th, 2012  
@anazad511 - You're welcome AnaZad, thanks for popping by and faving it! :D
posted November 17th, 2012  
Holy Moly! That is awesome! Love it...fav (even if I am seeing it more than two years later!)
posted April 1st, 2013  
@lynnb - Thanks! It has always been a cool shot eh?
posted April 1st, 2013  
@darylo - here's the Barking Owl in my front yard...
posted July 27th, 2014  
WOW! Absolutely love it. Love the varying chases (can identify!). Thanks for showing me! Now I'm super jealous...
posted July 27th, 2014  
@darylo - oh I giggled like a little girl when I got this shot!
posted July 27th, 2014  
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