Grace Delanoy sent SIB two pictures from a recent encounter with a barred owl. Although Seabrookers often hear barred owls, it is unusual to capture them in pictures as Grace was able to do. Her accompanying story is also heart felt.
Thanks Grace for sharing with our community!!!
Here is Grace’s story:
“Years ago, my father-in-law told me the deciding factor to buy a villa at Seabrook Island came when he was taking an evening walk on one of the golf cart paths here. Should it be Seabrook, or Kiawah? Then, he said he heard a “hootie owl” nearby in the trees, and felt it was a sign to buy here at Seabrook. Doug believed in magic and whimsy, so he and my mother-in-law Carol bought this villa as it was being constructed, maybe around 30 years ago. Brad and I, and eventually Sloane, have enjoyed many vacations here during our 28 years of marriage. You can’t help becoming obsessed with the wildlife here, with deers, foxes, dolphins, bobcats, raccoons, rabbits, snakes, crabs, hawks and so much more in abundance. Taking drives around the island just to spot any of them became part of our vacations. Doug and Carol died in the fall of 2011 within 10 days of each other, and now it’s time for this special villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Edisto Inlet to be sold. The other night, we saw a beautiful Barred Owl on the island, a first for us. I only had my phone to take a photo, which was woefully inadequate in the low light. On our way to dinner last night, the same owl actually strafed our car, coming within a few feet… Just amazing and magnificent. Tonight, Brad urged me to take a drive with him and see if we could spot the owl again, and to bring my camera just in case. We saw a cute little marsh bunny, and a beautiful cardinal, then drove to where we saw the owl. And there he was. And then, there SHE was! Like kids, we jumped out of the car and ran over to see this owl couple, and to capture them with a simple photograph. They flew from tree to tree, and the light was low. I didn’t get a good picture of the two of them together, but I got this. And I thought of Doug and Carol, and of the “hootie owl” that brought them, us, and other family and friends here for all these years. We will miss this place, and are grateful to Doug and Carol for the times we’ve had here at Seabrook Island.”