This Stunning Pic of a NH Barred Owl Staring at The Moon is 100% Real
This picture of a NH Barred Owl 'who' appears to be staring directly at the full moon is 100% real. My nephew Connor took the photo just last night in Rochester, NH.
This young 'Barred Owl' was just hanging out on the power lines in the neighborhood of Ledgeview Drive in Gonic last night.
There's a lot to unpack here and many different aspects to appreciate the more you look at it.
The only thing preventing this from being an all-time photo for Halloween is that the maple leaves in the background are clearly in mid-summer form. Other than that, it would probably be on the Audubon calendar for October of 2022.
From a musical perspective, if you eliminate the very top wire, the moon seems perfectly positioned as a whole note of 'C' while the owl is perched on 'F', these two even put forth a nice harmony on the piano keyboard!
Of course, within seconds, the ever aware predator noticed that he was being watched and quickly moved to a more defensive posture and direct viewpoint.
The population of 'Barred Owls' has skyrocketed here in New Hampshire over the past few years.
I remember catching a fleeting glimpse of one when I was in grade school and that was my only sighting until two years ago.
Now, they're almost as common as hawks. In fact, a lot of times you may mistake a smaller owl such as this as being a hawk. So keep on the lookout!
You never know 'WHO' you might see!