About the Bird Art:
The image is printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper with UltraChrome Ink; the color should last quite a long time. The print is then mounted on a cradled wood block and coated with a UV resistant protectant to prevent fading. Each block is signed, titled, and numbered on the back.
Ready to hang from a sawtooth hanger attached to the back.
Watermarks will not appear on print. Color may vary (based on your monitor settings).
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4" x 4": $44, 6" x 6": $55
This listing is for a limited edition, fine art print of my original painting of a Barred Owl called, “Each Moment is Loving at First Sight.”
I met this Barred Owl at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek. He’s an old fellow who has a pleasant life as a wildlife ambassador. I heard from some other bird lovers that people aren’t so fond of barred owls because they’re out-competing Spotted Owls. I have a funny reaction to people who don’t like animals because they’re simply surviving. It’s a weird thing. It’s different when people introduce animal species into an ecosystem, because that can have disastrous results, but that isn’t the case with the Barred Owl. Natural selection can be a brutal thing.
Bird in a Box subscribers: this is the bird for September 2020.
About the Barred Owl
- The Great Horned Owl is the most serious predatory threat to the Barred Owl. Although the two species often live in the same areas, a Barred Owl will move to another part of its territory when a Great Horned Owl is nearby.
- Pleistocene fossils of Barred Owls, at least 11,000 years old, have been dug up in Florida, Tennessee, and Ontario.
- Barred Owls don’t migrate, and they don’t even move around very much. Of 158 birds that were banded and then found later, none had moved farther than 6 miles away.
- Despite their generally sedentary nature, Barred Owls have recently expanded their range into the Pacific Northwest. There, they are displacing and hybridizing with Spotted Owls—their slightly smaller, less aggressive cousins—which are already threatened from habitat loss.
- Young Barred Owls can climb trees by grasping the bark with their bill and talons, flapping their wings, and walking their way up the trunk.
- The oldest recorded Barred Owl was at least 24 years, 1 month old. It was banded in Minnesota in 1986, and found dead, entangled in fishing gear, in the same state in 2010.
Note to fisherman: please please please clean up your line when you’re done.