THE StriX-FILES | Re-opened

I spotted a Demon Owl at Huntley Meadows Park on New Year’s Eve. Kidding! The owl was roosting high in an evergreen tree, and the sky was almost completely overcast during the afternoon on a winter day. Think dim, diffuse light. As a result, I had to goose the power ratio of my external flash unit so high that it caused “red eye.”

Flash light reflected from blood behind the retina causes the “red-eye effect.” I removed the red-eye in post-processing (see below), but the owl looks possessed in the unedited version!

All joking aside, comparing and contrasting the before/after photos enables the viewer to get a clear picture of the owl’s large pupils, an adaptation that enhances night vision.

A Barred Owl (Strix varia) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is shown roosting high in an evergreen tree.

31 DEC 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Barred Owl (Strix varia)

In my experience, Barred Owls (Strix varia) prefer to roost in evergreen trees during the months when leaves have fallen from deciduous trees. Although this photograph will never win any awards, it is a good illustration of two related points: evergreen trees provide cover from other birds that harrass owls; owls are well-camouflaged in this environment.

A Barred Owl (Strix varia) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is shown roosting high in an evergreen tree.

31 DEC 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Related Resource: THE X-FILES returns to FOX television with a six-part mini-series! Gee, can you tell I’m a fan of the original TV series?

THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Source Credit: The X-Files YouTube channel.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “THE StriX-FILES | Re-opened”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Any shot you can get of this elusive creatures is a good one, Walter. I like that you included the before and after shots–the Demon Owl could easily star in a horror flick.

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