Another week, another photoshoot! These photos were taken, again, for the 2011 TRSAC Calendar and include both a Barred Owl and an Eastern Screech. Once again, helping with photoshoot (and making sure no birds were harmed) was Alice Bryant, the head of Animal Care at TRSAC.
Along with the photoshoot images, I also have a couple of extras from that same day at TRSAC, explanations in the captions…
The TR fountain in fall
Barred Owl (BAOW) on a log. This may be the only BAOW on Long Island at the moment, as there really isn't that much habitat for this species here. That said, never says never... BAOW live all throughout the eastern US and extend into Canada as far west as the Pacific. BAOW is a close cousin to the western Spotted Owl (SPOW). More on this later...
Eastern Screech-Owl (EASO), red-morph on a log. The red-morph of this species is the predominant variety of EASO on Long Island and may be due to a variety of habitat factors that I'll explore on my blog in the future.
Alice and EASO together.
Anne leading her flock of young naturalists-in-waiting.
I found this tree to be paprticularly attractive - species unknown.
While sitting in the office at TRSAC, the Sanctuary's resident Bearded Dragon was out looking for exercise.
My wife, Anne, at left (with bird) and Alice on the right during an Owl Prowl program at TRSAC. Owl Prowls take place throughout winter and involve a classroom component where visitors are taught about several owl species with the help of our birds-in-residence. After the classroom session, people bundle up and go outside for an evening owl search. On the night of this program, we sucessfully called in a red-morph Eastern Screech Owl on the TRSAC grounds.