Hoot are You?

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

There are wonderful people out in the world that share their great love and care for injured wildlife. Liz Owen of Raptors Eye is one of those kind and generous people. A registered nurse who has over the years taken care of countless injured birds and animals. Holding a Department of Natural Resources permit for rehabilitation of birds and raptors, she has spent time at Watkins Nature Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Taking care of a small group of owls that have been injured in the wild, Liz shares the joy of these little raptors with the world around her. Taking her show on the road, Liz provides an in-depth presentation about the owls, showing the different species and describing their lifestyles.

Starting with the smallest owl, this little Northern Saw-Whet Owl was as cute as could be. Barely the size of a fist, this owl is blind in one eye, making it difficult to fly and hunt.

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Northern Saw-Whet Owl

Placing him back into his covered cat box, Liz and her partner brought out two Eastern Screech Owls.

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Showing the different colors these screech owls are in nature, she began to show how they blend into their environment. When wandering in the woods and you begin wondering if you’re in owl country, look at the bark of trees for white poo markings.

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

You can see how well the brown one blends into the tree environment, making them difficult to see in the wild. I always thought Owls were larger than what they really are. It really helped to see Liz’s owls to know what they look like. Liz also showed the small size of their nest holes in the tree. Imagine seeing an eye look at you through this little peep hole.

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

But these two adorable screech owls were about to be outdone by their big brother.


This is one of those times when my mind must have wandered for a moment, because I didn’t hear Liz say what type of Owl this is. However, my best guess is that it is an older Eastern Screech Owl. Please feel free to let me know if you think otherwise. This little one was great at giving the evil eye, and was having fun having a stare-down contest with his little brother. (Ok..they may be girls.)

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Saving the best for the last, Liz brought out a large Barred Owl that was blind in his left eye. This owl has been with Liz for the longest time, and you can see the relationship between raptor and woman.

Liz Owen with a Barred Owl

Liz Owen with a Barred Owl

It is mating season and this Barred Owl liked showing his presence.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

It was a wonderful presentation and being near these owls was a fantastic experience. I understand Liz Owen and her owls are frequent participants in the annual Patuxent Wildlife and Art Show and Sale being held on March 23 – 25, 2013. Located at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland, this show will celebrate 75 years of wildlife research and conservation.

A special thank you goes out to Lisa Bierer Garrett of the Anne Arundel Bird Club for information about Liz Owen and her owls.

77 thoughts on “Hoot are You?

  1. Mwah has been waiting for you to show and tell and it’s worth the wait, Ms. Bella. I big thank for Liz Owen for her dedication to save life. Oh, how this post makes my heart glow. You are awesome, Bella.

  2. Excellent photos, they reminds me of this old quote… 🙂

    “A wise old owl sat on an oak – the more he saw the less he spoke – the less he spoke the more he heard – why aren’t we like that wise old bird..? 🙂 😉

  3. I loved the photos, and I love the fact that there are people like Liz and organizations that care for injured critters, but it always saddens me to see injured wildlife, even if they are being cared for.

    • I know what you’re saying Jerry. Every time I see road kill I say a little prayer for the poor little creature. Man can be so destructive when they are hurrying along their way. We are fortunate that there are people around that volunteer their time and money to take care of these beautiful creatures.

  4. I love owls. They are beautiful animals. They are always portrayed as wise and I really think they are for real too. They are also very beautiful birds. And very old birds too. Nice post!

  5. What a wonderful creatures, Owls are one of my favourite animals. I love those photos – somewhat sad but joyful and yet very original which is hard to make especially that one can find a lot of birds’ and animals’ pictures generally. Keep on shooting, cheers!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment Baryna. It is true, there are so many photos of wildlife out there, it is hard to compete. This was a unique experience, and it was wonderful to be able to be fairly close to these lovely birds. Thanks again and hope to see you back soon! Bella

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  7. Beautiful photos and post! I have really learned so much about nature following my husband’s hunting hobby. It really is all about conservation and treating our environment with respect so that it will prosper.

  8. Awesome post! I’ve always been fascinated by owls. I hear them at night but have never actually seen them. I’m going out tomorrow to see if I can spot any white poo on my trees!

    • That is awesome Soonie ! I would love to see that ! Have to admit that I plan on doing the same in the woods at the horse barn I go to during the week. I also had never seen owls before either, so this was a fabulous experience for me.

  9. This is wonderful. Brilliant pictures, as always, and it is so good to know that people like Lisa Owen exist. I would love to see the owls. Do you think they will be at the Patuxent Wildlife and Art Show? I will add March 24 to my calendar.

  10. The owls will be at Patuxent Art show on Friday evening reception and all day saturday of the event.
    The owl’s injured eye (probably from an accident/ impact) reflects the light from the cataract like film that has formed. The owl can’t see out of that eye but a camera flash might make it look like an “evil eye”.

    • These people are one of those people that we all will need at one time or another in our lives. However, they lead quiet and demure lives taking care of those animals that can’t take care of themselves. True angels on the earth.

  11. How wonderful, and it fills me with admiration that there are people out there who give their time to care and love these unfortunate animals and birds…..it is selfless and I only wish that more people could care about their natural environment, well done Liz Im full of admiration for you, and well done you for the images!

  12. The photos are absolutely amazing. Love the skill that you bring to each picture. The information on each owl was also quite useful. This was a great post, thank you so much for sharing.

  13. ah beautiful captures of the owls the Hunters in the Dark yet rarely does their prey escape

    and thank you for the welcome back i was actually shutting down my blog very little interest in my photos and writing and the woman responsible for igniting the flames of passion behind the flow of words returned to her own life so my words dammed behind a wall i built to contain them
    and now a new woman has entered the ruins of my Troy and stirred the embers to life no not love but a stirring of passion an interest in my work and a friendly and humorous outlook
    so i will try again and i must catch up on your bloggings

  14. Some awesome photos. I to love being around owls and most birds.
    My sister is a carer and often calls me to come and visit when she has owls or other birds of prey. However, she lives on the wrong side of the country.
    We recently made friends with a carer who lives in our town and I’ve promised him some meat when we cull rabbits and other feral animals. I hope that this leads to some hands on experiences and some good photo ops.

    Our valley has a few tawny frogmouths that call it home, and whilst they aren’t actually owls, they are quite similar. They have great camo and while sleeping or hiding, pretend to be a branch stump. They will keep with this tactic even when you are right near them or actually touching them.

    Those little owls are 100% adorable!

  15. GB3 from flickr here .l was just out at Lake Artemesia and was doing some research and I just came across your wonderful photos.Great images each and everyone – George

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