Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Barred Owl meets the Eastern Bluebird

 
Well, I don't really think they met but I began this hike on the Florida Trails with Eastern Bluebirds flying along with me. And ended the hike very near the same spot but under a tree looking up at a Barred Owl.


Hubby gets credit for spotting this beautiful Barred Owl.


He flew across the trail very near where I spotted one a couple of weeks ago.


And when he landed in the tree, it was an easy walk to get close for better photos!


He was gorgeous!


But we noticed he seemed to have trouble keeping his eyes open.


Hubby walked on the other side of the tree for a different view and the sun was shining right on the owl. (hubby is at the base of the tree, owl near top)


And you know how it feels when you sit in the sun! 


It's hard to stay awake, even with a crazy lady in a pink cap standing under the tree! (do you see a bike whizzing by in the background?)


It was exciting to say the least!


But let's not forget the Eastern Bluebird.


Time to slow down and enjoy the sights.


And even though I know this is a bluebird, aren't the colors different in this view?!


I mentioned in my last post that I am taking a break from my blog...for just a week or so. I'm going to miss visiting everyone but I am having some bad headaches and need to stay off the computer for a few days and see if it helps! Enjoy your week!

 See you back in blogland SOON! 💜

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’. 

51 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Your bird photos are gorgeous! The details you captured of the Barred Owl and the Eastern Bluebird are fabulous. Thinking of you and praying you find comfort from your headaches.

Marcia said...

So neat to catch the barred owl in its sleep mode. Take care. Hope your headaches disappear.

The Feminine Energy said...

Owls sleep during the day.... they're nocturnal. That's why you hear so much beautiful hooting coming from the darkened woods, at night. I love that hooting sound... when all is still & it's dark. It echoes through the woods and usually you hear another owl (or two) hoot back. I love wildlife & Mother Nature! Thank you for your beautiful pictures & blog posts. We will all be here waiting for you when you are able to come back. God bless you with healing from your headaches. ~Andrea xoxo

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The Barred Owl has doubtless spent the night hunting and probably has a full stomach. Time to snooze during the day to get ready for another night's foraging.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,
Your Owl photos are awesome! What a great sighting. I thought they like to hang out in the same area, even the same tree. Love the sweet Blue Bird too. Great photos. I hope you feel better, take care!
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Take care,enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend! PS, thanks so much for leaving me a comment.

Kathy said...

I have never seen a bluebird and loved its gorgeous colors. Have a good break from blogging and I hope those headaches go away.

Susie said...

Diane, I loved the pictures and seeing you and your husband getting pics of each other is cute. That poor old sleepy owl. LOL He was enjoying the warm sunshine. Oh I adore those bluebirds. We had them here this year. But I did not get any nice photos. Please take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Blessings, xoxo,love to you and Ron, Susie

Debbie said...

oh it is so exciting to see the owl in the wild, i have never seen one!! this guy looks very sleepy, a bit like my hubs on a sunday afternoon!! hehehehehe

your images are gorgeous, of the bluebird as well, but the barred owl really steals the show!!

stay safe, be well and i hope you feel better soon. have a wonderful weekend and thanksgiving too!!!

Inger said...

That guy on the bike missed having the beautiful nature moment you and your hubby shared with the owl. Hope you will feel better.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What a thrill to view this wonderful owl and get those awesome photos. Loved seeing them as you might remember I love owls and am always thrilled to sight one here on the property. Meanwhile, do take care of yourself and hope you feel back to your normal healthy self very soon.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I love owls...they have such an interesting look. I am sure you read the story of the baby owl in the Rockefeller Center Tree that hitched a ride to NYC. Amazing.

Ela said...

Wow !!! Your bird photos are gorgeous !
It's a great joy to photograph these bird species!
Happy weekend :)

Lea said...

Great photos!
Have a blessed day!

Sandra said...

thanks for the owl visit. i do love them and this one is gorgeous. hope the break helps your headache, see you when you get back

Martha said...

What fantastic captures of the owl! I've never seen an Eastern Bluebird, not even when I lived up in Ocala. He's gorgeous too!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I LOVE the Barred Owl, and yes, you caught him napping. He's been up all night prowling around and daytime is his sleep time. It was nice of him to stay put and let you get so many nice pictures. What a treat! And that bluebird is also gorgeous! Yes, slow down and enjoy! Now, for you, I pray that you will find the source of your headaches and that resting your eyes from the computer for a while will truly help. Please keep us posted when you feel up to writing again. We will miss you and your beautiful pictures. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mae Travels said...

Owls are such fascinating birds -- you really captured what makes them so appealing.

be well...mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Your photographs are always fun to see! Great shots, and the blue bird on the sign after seeing the sleepy owl is perfect.
Prayers your headaches stop
Stay safe

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Of course, it's hard to him to keep his eyes open during the day! He's up all night...hunting, using his "silent-flying" wings, and that very sharp beak to rip and tear through his catch! You and your husband did an outstanding job with the photos...GREAT!...:)jp

Vee said...

Handsome owl, beautiful bluebird, cute lady in the pink hat...crazy cyclist. Take good care and I trust that less screen time (and more rest time) will help send those headaches packing.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love them!

RedPat said...

I hope that you feel better after a break from the computer! The owl & the bluebird are both wonderful!

Rhodesia said...

The Bluebird is pretty but the Barred Owl is amazing, how lucky can you get. Fantastic photos.

Hope the break helps and your headaches go away,

Take care and keep well, t'other Diane

Ann said...

These are fabulous shots of both. I thought the second one looked like he was bowing his head in prayer. Maybe saying his bedtime prayers before nodding off.

happyone said...

Those are some incredible photos of the owl!!
Hope your headaches end soon. I've been praying for you.

NatureFootstep said...

some fun shots today :) Gorgeous owl and bluebird.

Take care of yourself and comb back when ready! As they say, better safe then sorry.
:)

Tom said...

...they are two birds that rarely if ever see!

Teresa said...

Me han encantado las aves, son preciosas. Espero que te mejores. Besos.

Sandi Magle said...

Please take care, the photos are lovely. I hope something resolves this issues you are having. I had headaches at one time...and found wine, pickled anything, chocolate, caffeine, hard cheeses, cured meats---and a few other things would trigger migraines. it was also connected with hormonal surges, but who knows, this was in my 50's and about my only symptoms of menopause. sigh...in these times it's hard to even think about going to the doctor. Hugs, Sandi

Linda said...

Wonderful owl photos and the bluebird is pretty! Take it easy and have a decent week. Stay safe.

Phil Slade said...

I think your owl just wanted his daytime nap after spending all night hunting and eating. It's a lovely bluebird too. I really wish you well with those headaches. Hopefully the rest from desk work will help you recuperate.

italiafinlandia said...

What a treat, that owl!!

Anni said...

The owl!! My favorite of all owls. I like your post title, too, by the way.

You may not read my comment during your break away from the computer, but I do hope your health improves!!

I enjoyed my visit here, and give thanks to you for sharing this week at IRBB.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

The pictures of the owl are perfect. It is very lucky to see such a beautiful bird.
Healthy, happy Sunday and a great new week.

Edna B said...

Your Bluebird and Owl are gorgeous! I love the photos. I hope your headaches go away. You take care of yourself and we'll see you when you get back. Hugs, Edna B.

SImple and Serene Living said...

I am so sorry about your headaches. I hope they resolve quickly. That owl is gorgeous. xo Laura

Yvonne said...

Beautiful photos. Take care, and I hope the headaches will become a thing of the past. Wishing you a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Gorgeous photos of both the owl and the bluebird! Hope you've had a great weekend and have a wonderful headache free Thanksgiving during your break.

BeachGypsy said...

Diane, is your head any better?---thinking of you. My head hurt off and on all last week and then it just went away, for which I was very grateful. Hope you feel better soon. I love the owl pictures....great close-ups! That one side view with his head down, he looks like he's praying!!---so cute. Get better!! Not sure if you felt up to going out this weekend much, hope you did. With some cooler air here, we've been traipsing around the old plantations again. One of my most favorite things to do....we always see interesting things and I always LEARN SOMETHING. Ps if I have a bad headache putting ice cold rag on my forehead and/or closed eyes helps me very quickly.

Kit said...

Gorgeous owl! You take care and I hope you feel better. Happy Thanksgiving! Kit

Carla from The River said...

The photos are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your hikes with us. I do enjoy seeing what you see.
Get well wishes too. I will be praying for you.
Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend!
Carla

Lowcarb team member said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs.

Have a good break and I hope your headaches improve and disappear.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

All the best Jan

Jeanie said...

He's so very handsome! I've been felting lots of different little owls of late and this one is a great model!

NanaDiana said...

Praying your headaches end, Diane. That is not good!!!!
What a precious bird. Isn't he beautiful?
Take good care of yourself and we will see you here soon. xo Diana

Caroline said...

Hi Diane, beautiful photos of the owl. I love them. The blue bird is also very beautiful. Get well soon. Greetings Caroline

Red Rose Alley said...

What a magnificent OWL! He looks so grand, doesn't he? And it's always a joy to see those precious blue birds. I used to see them often when I lived up north. Yes, his feathers in back are a bit different than the ones I've seen.
I hope your headaches are getting better, Diane. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend. : )

~Sheri

handmade by amalia said...

A wise old owl. Perfect.
Happy Thanksgiving, dear Diane.
Amalia
xo

stardust said...

Dear Diane - I really love to see the sleeping Barred Owl, so charming. How lucky you’re to have taken such close-up photos. Bluebird is also cute. I sometimes have headaches at the back of my head, and besides, I feel nausea when using PC long hours. But I get along with the pains, which is not so sever, doing exercises and less time with computer. Hope you feel better now. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Yoko

Lea said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Have a blessed day!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

What is it about road signs that lures birds to land on them. I have one of a sparrow sitting on a "no parking" sign. You have some really awsome photos and the owls are beautiful! Have a grand weekend!

Angie said...

Diane - how blessed you are to have seen this owl in your neck of the woods. They are such spectacular creatures! Yep, I think if I was sitting in the Florida sun, I would have a hard time staying awake! Thanks for reminding me to pop over and see the owl. A great part of my day! Hope your headaches are going away.