Saturday, January 31, 2009

Camera Critters featuring the short-eared owl

I showed the short-eared owl once before here. Those were taken really late in the day--just a little while before dark.
However, when we were out there Wednesday what should we spot but more owls. This time it was not even close to dark. I just checked the time they were taken and these and a few more were taken right at 2:30. We only saw 4 or 5 that day. How many do you see in the photo above? I have to tell you, I had taken two or three pictures, and we were just sitting watching. As I sat there, I thought is that another owl? I looked through the lens and sure enough, there was a second owl! At least I spotted it before I got home...there have been several times when I didn't see things until I got home and downloaded the pictures and started looking at them.


Another difference, they did not seem to be the least intimidated by us. The one above sat there and sat there...it did finally leave of its own accord. But the ones in the top photo--I waved and waved my arms. I wanted to try to get a picture of them in flight. They finally flew, but after I had done give up...I got a couple pics of them in flight but they are all blurry.

So, this was my entry for Camera Critters...if you want to join, click on the badge at the top of this post. Make sure it is today's date though!

31 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Rose. I've never seen owls out in the daytime like that. How neat!!!! Have you ever heard their call??? They must live somewhere near that place!

Great pictures of the owls! I especially like that second one of him staring you down!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Bruce said...

who....who!!! Nice shots!

Villas Girl said...

Hi! I clicked to enlarge and wow, there were two. Thank you for sharing these. We have owl watches a couple times a month. I have not seen a short-eared this clearly. Thanks again.

Grammy said...

What amazing photos. I love owls. I have only seen 2 my self in person. I really like the one one the post it would make a great poster.
Have a great week.
Grammy
Missouri, USA

Kerri said...

I've never seen owls in the wild at all. What an amazing experience!!
I do see both of them in that first shot....both shots are fabulous!

Jedediah said...

Great photos. Owls always look like they are in such a bad mood.

Darla said...

Owls are so cool.

Carolina said...

Great shots. When you asked how many owls there were in the first shot, I took another look and saw the second one too. Great!

Sue said...

Great pics, but strange seeing them out in the day eh.

Thanks for your visit :)

Mary said...

How beautiful! I wish I could find some owls! These are wonderful shots and I would not have seen that second one if you hadn't mentioned it!

Carletta said...

Really wonderful shots Rose!
I love that you those big eyes in the second one.
I'd be visiting there often just to watch them.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh wow...I don't have any owls on my short life list..what a catch...

don said...

It's interesting to discover the owls have daytime haunts! Fine pictures. You'll get one flying a bit later!
The owl on the post is a fine view of him looking back at the camera.

Deborah Godin said...

I don't know that these guys are classified as truly diurnal, but they do come out well before dark. Maybe in a low-light overcast conditions they are active all day, like deer. Love the post shot!

Tammy said...

Those are gorgeous shots! I've heard owls where I live, but I've never actually seen them.

Karen said...

Nice photos. That second one looks so regal ...

Lapa37 said...

Great shots you are so lucky to capture them.Owls are so beautiful.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Wonderful captures, Rose. Wonder what brought them out in daytime?

George said...

These are great pictures, Rose. Thanks for sharing.

Dianne said...

I love the last shot the most, what a face!

Tricia said...

I saw an owl one day where I used to live in the country & almost wrecked because I was so shocked to see one. They're mysterious & beautiful!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great catches. I've heard owls during daylight but never seen one...that I remember, anyway.

June said...

Owls are so interesting...would love to see some in the wild like this! Thanks for stopping by Spatter...

Salty said...

Nice work! You are very fortunate to encounter the owl in good light.

Julie said...

Cool, I never see owls where I can get a shot.

ratmammy said...

nice photos! Thanks for visiting us!

Indrani said...

Their vision is poor during the day, probably that is why they couldn't figure out you were waving to make them fly. Good captures!

Groomer Angie said...

Great owls! One of my favorite of the wild birds!

dot said...

Wow! Did the owl ask WHOOOOOOO you were?

lisaschaos said...

How neat to see more than one owl! I only see one at a time. :)

Gayle said...

I would love to photograph an owl. Amazing creatures.

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