Monday, December 7, 2009

Short-eared Owl

On Saturday I went on a trip to Gardiner Dam to look for waterfowl and see what other treats may be in-store.
I added a few more birds to my winter-list , and on the way home , there really was a treat to behold...
A very co-operative Short-eared Owl (click to see full size):


16 comments:

Kelly said...

...wow...incredible! You must have a perfect combination of skill...lenses...and bird whispering about you, because you always get the best shots. He's lovely.

Nick S said...

Thanks Kelly. I only use one lens, because it's the only one I own, but it serves me well :-)

HANNIBAL said...

Awesome! In the first, I love those long talons poking out from under the feathers! In the second, I love how the feathers flow over the rock! These are fantastic!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous shots,of a gorgeous bird.
Blessings,Ruth

Chris said...

Excellent Nick. I thought they were quite shy and really to get pictures of, but thus time you got it really well. Well done. We have few here, but never get a chance to get a nice picture of them yet!!

uncadan8 said...

Fabulous!

Kerri said...

What a beauty!

The Early Birder said...

Fantastic shots Nick. Haven't come across any yet this winter...maybe it hasn't been cold enough and they are enjoying life elsewhere!

Nick S said...

Many thanks guys !

rrsounds said...

Wonderful pictures! I have only seen owls in the zoo, but we hear them often at night, here in northwestern Germany.
Beautiful animal!

holdingmoments said...

A real treat indeed mate. Both excellent, but the second; wow!

Frank Baron said...

Terrific shots of a wonderful bird. Well done!

John Theberge said...

How lucky are you to see an owl during daylight hours. I think being lucky is 50% of great photography

WoodSong said...

you already know I love this one.. and hey, you only need 1 lens to get er done ;) Great views of this beautiful owl.

Nick S said...

Many thanks guys :-)

Susan said...

Amazing shots! well done -as usual!