Barn Owl

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.

Barn Owl Female

Barn Owl Female Close Up

A Barred Owl Portrait

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.

Barred Owl Female Perched

Female Barred Owl

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.

Barred Owl Female

Barred Owl Female Close Up

Birds at Carolina Raptor Center

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.

Birds at Carolina Raptor Center

Swings to View the Intracoastal

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.

Pair of Swings

A Quiet Swing by the Intracoastal

Kindred Spirit at Sunset Beach

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.

Kindred Spirit

Benches at Kindred Spirit

Sunset Beach Pier

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.

Waves at the Sunset Beach Pier

Pier at Sunset Beach