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 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!