Submitted By: Wess Connally
My wife and I live in the Rangeley Lakes Region, on the Saddleback Mountain Road, in Dallas Plantation. Nearly every other day, since early January, this barred owl has graced us with a visit. On clear days, its favorite perch is the limb of a birch on the edge of our woods, where it apparently enjoys basking in the sun. On snowy days, it sits the day long in a balsam fir right outside our front windows, contentedly napping, as it was when I took this shot. It is a skilled predator, though, and we have seen it successfully dispatch more than one careless red squirrel. On those days, it flies away with its meal and does not come back for a day or two. We are surprised and delighted each day we discover it has returned. Photo taken with Nikon D7100 with a 70-300mm lens: ISO 125; focal length 260mm; f/8 at 1/25.