Photographer David Hauer, whose work has appeared here several times, captured these images of an adult Barn Owl in flight at dawn on the north side of the park on September 4. The presence of Barn Owls in the park has long been noted, but David’s are the first images of this bird in flight. Due to the dim early light, the bird’s wingbeats show as blurs, but the main features are clear and leave no doubt as to the bird’s identity. Congratulations to David for these images!
Dim light is no problem for Barn Owls. They have excellent low light vision. What their eyes can’t see, their ears provide. Their hearing is so sharp that they can find and capture small prey like voles and mice in total darkness, from the sound of their little footsteps alone.