Barred Owl Feather

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected and in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that Flies.

Yesterday we found something unexpected in our back yard: a feather that, until yesterday, had soared through “our” woods on the wings or tail of a barred owl.  We were not surprised that there are barred owls near us, because we have seen a pair in the early mornings staring back at us (swiveling heads with piercing eyes) and we have heard them whoo-whooing in the dusky evenings (“Who cooks for you?”).  We were surprised at the size and condition of the feather.  This morning the feather was gone.

Barred Owl Feather
Barred Owl Feather