A female Barn Owl captured in an unusual pose at Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina
With its ghostly appearance, rasping shrieks, and habit of roosting in such places as church belfries, the Barn Owl has attracted much superstition. However, it is really a good omen for farmers who find it in their barns, for it preys chiefly on mice and rats.
A female version on display at Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina.
The Barred Owl is a nocturnal bird. It hides in dense foliage during the day, usually high up. May also roost on a branch close to a broad tree-trunk, or in a natural tree hole. May be very aggressive when defending a nest. Here is female version – perched at Carolina Raptor Center, North Carolina.
The barred owl, also known as the northern barred owl, striped owl or, more informally, hoot owl, is a North American large species of owl. Here is a female barred owl at Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina. Females are normally larger and heavier than males.
Carolina Raptor Center (Huntersville, North Carolina) is a living museum, dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. It is home to over 25 species of native and exotic raptors — hawks, falcons, eagles, merlins, kites and vultures.
Although in captivity, we got an opportunity to photograph some birds in their natural setting. Will be posting individual images of these magnificent birds over the next few weeks.
We bid farewell to Sunset Beach, North Carolina with a brilliantly painted night sky
People enjoy watching the amazing post-sunset sky at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A couple camps comfortably on the beach to watch the sunset sky at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
While the beach is a little cold during the day, crowds gather in the evening to watch the setting sun at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
An ideal setting to photograph someone at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Sunset lights up the beach validating the aptly named – Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Pier at Sunset Beach, North Carolina during the day and then at night
A boat passes under the bridge in Sunset Beach while the sun dazzles in this monochrome image
The Mannon C. Gore Bridge is the only bridge that connects the main land to the island at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This bridge replaced the pontoon swing bridge that was in place from 1958-2010.
A boat travelling on the Intracoastal Waterway passes under the bridge.
The Intracoastal Waterway runs all the way from Winyah Bay to Cape Fear River but really the Intracoastal Waterways run all up and down the East Coast. This 3,000 mile inland waterway consists of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, sounds and canals. In Sunset Beach, the Intracoastal waterway splits the town in half. A nice park allows a peaceful view of the waterway.
On a secluded stretch of Sunset Beach far from the nearest public access point and nestled between sand dunes is an unlikely sight – a mailbox…with benches next to it. The bench is where you sit to pen your innermost thoughts; the mailbox is where you place the journal when you are done. The Kindred Spirit Mailbox holds the wishes, thoughts, prayers and dreams of those who walk the 30 minutes to share and bare their soul and draw comfort from the act of doing so while enjoying the soothing sounds and sights of undeveloped beach, ocean and horizon.
Birds frequent Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Normally crowded in summer, Sunset Beach, North Carolina is deserted in late Fall. One can still see some Atlantic crabs.
From Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina to Sunset Beach, North Carolina.
Sunset Beach is the southern-most barrier island in North Carolina, and one of the four pristine beaches that make up the south Brunswick islands. The 900 ft. Sunset Beach Pier is the perfect spot for great fishing.
A river otter drenched in water sits atop a small log at Brookgreen Gardens Zoo, South Carolina