What if there was a fight between an owl and a raccoon… who do you suppose would win? The event that follows caught me by surprise, and it was over in a moment. Fortunately, I had my camera ready and I was lucky enough to capture the epic battle from start to finish. Scroll down to check out some of my best wildlife photography.
I was walking in the forest and happened to look up, spotting a raccoon in a tree. The raccoon was climbing towards a hole in the trunk which I now believe was an owl’s nest.
Suddenly, I heard a high pitched scream and turned, pointing my camera. A large barred owl was flying straight at the raccoon. I’ve rarely captured an owl in flight and I tried my best to keep the camera centred on the bird.
I could barely believe my luck. All I could do was hold my finger down on the shutter, blasting off a high-speed burst as the bird approached.
The raccoon heard the scream and turned to face the owl, ready to fight. Here comes momma to defend the nest!
Bam! The owl struck the raccoon with its talons, beating with its wings as it flew past. I was so close to the action I swear I could almost feel the breeze from those wings!
The owl turned around and flew back up at the raccoon, striking at it again. The raccoon panicked and disappeared behind the tree trunk, trying to avoid the owl. After this, I lost sight of both animals.
Sometime later, momma reappeared, perched high in a nearby tree. Check out the look on her face! Who’s the boss? Who?
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Do you enjoy nature and wildlife photography? Be sure to check out my earlier post about herons and eagles.
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