Wildlife: Birds of the Air – Up Close with a Barred Owl in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge 2

What a wonderful boat tour of Okefenokee Swamp! Our guide an Interpretive Park Ranger, Josh Snead, showed us the hidden beauty that could only be experienced on the waters of this swamp. Of course I had to tell Josh about our narrow escape from the Barred Owl on “Trembling Earth Nature Trail / boardwalk” from the previous evening. (see previous post)

No stranger to the various wildlife species that made their home at Stephen C Foster State Park, he knew exactly the owl we were talking about and proceeded to take us to the the spot inhabited by the mate of our nefarious Barred Owl.

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Slowly, silently guiding our boat to a stop, Josh quietly motioned us to peer into the thicket.

Look closely! Even closer! Do you see her?

Obviously we had encountered the male Barred Owl as his mate, which according to Josh rarely leaves her perch.

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What a magnificent sight!

Barred Owl on her native perch at Stephen C. Foster State Park.

Thanks Josh! We can’t wait to return to the Okefenokee Swamp! Meet Josh Snead below.

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