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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!


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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