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Barred Owl Coughing Up Pellet

Roughly six to ten hours after consuming prey, owls, hawks and many other birds cough up a small pellet that consists of the indigestible bones, fur, etc. of the prey it’s eaten. The barred owl in this photograph was in the process of coughing up such a pellet. While pellets are hard to come by (they are well camouflaged on the forest floor), owls caught in the act of producing them are even more rare!

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12 responses

  1. Roseanne Saalfield

    wonderfully done, mary. thanks so much for all your good work speaking of birds, happy thanksgiving

    November 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  2. Wow! Caught in the act. Well done! I hope we get to see the pellet contents next. :-)

    November 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  3. Kay Shumway

    Wow! That’s better than eyes open, eyes closed!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  4. Polly Pattison

    I have often wondered about you and your powers. After seeing your Barred owl photo, I am now convinced. You are a magician!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    • Oh, were that that were true, Polly! Just happened to be at the right place at the right time!

      November 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  5. Elizabeth

    Great shot!

    November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  6. Jean Harrison

    Mary, you must be a witch, a good one, to cast spells on all these animals to get the great photos.

    November 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  7. That is an AMAZING photo, Mary! You’ve outdone yourself! :)

    November 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    • Thanks, Kellyann. It’s just a matter of being at the right place at the right time — pure luck!

      November 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  8. Excellent photo! Speaking of witches and magicians, I thought of Harry Potter when I saw this. I imagine this is how Errol (the Weasley’s ancient owl) looks after delivering a message!

    November 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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