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This Short-eared Owl has a bad left eye. It seems to be doing well. I witnessed it catching two voles. A Bald Eagle happened to steal one of them. When a N Harrier or other owl tries to get prey from them, there is usually a chase. When a bald Eagle wants their prey, they just leave it and get out of the way. It did defend its territory from harriers and other owls. I have many images with just the left eye showing. Too many, as the eye is what you look at and it's not there.
Thanks for looking.
Rex





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8 Putting the brakes on.




Mar 06, 2020 at 08:20 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · One-eyed Jack


Superb set Rex. I've seen so many raptors in rehab places where they don't let one go when it has one eye. Looks like they could be making a mistake.

Morris



Mar 06, 2020 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · One-eyed Jack


Makes me wonder at what point in life the eye was lost. Might have been very early and adapted? None the less your images are excellent

Karl



Mar 06, 2020 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · One-eyed Jack


Wonderful Rex, especially the first!
Bob



Mar 06, 2020 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · One-eyed Jack


Terrific images, Rex, and I'm heartened to think this owl is doing well in spite of his limited vision for catching prey.


Mar 06, 2020 at 09:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · One-eyed Jack


Excellent shorty shots Rex. The eyes of the SEO are what make photos of them so striking (especially emphasized by all that mascara they use ). So I can relate to why you'd prefer this owl to fly left to right more than right to left

TFS
Geoff



Mar 07, 2020 at 07:55 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · One-eyed Jack


Terrific set of SEO shots Rex. One can only wonder what happened to the eye.


Mar 07, 2020 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · One-eyed Jack


Great shots Rex. I would guess that these guys use their hearing as much as eyesight to pinpoint prey. I hope his vision loss doesn't cause him to miss an approaching eagle. Great job on the in-flight shots.


Mar 07, 2020 at 05:30 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · One-eyed Jack


Wonderful work.


Mar 07, 2020 at 05:40 PM
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This is a great set Rex ~ Ron


Mar 07, 2020 at 07:40 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · One-eyed Jack


Nice work, Rex.. giving you the wink...

Pius



Mar 07, 2020 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · One-eyed Jack


morris wrote:
Superb set Rex. I've seen so many raptors in rehab places where they don't let one go when it has one eye. Looks like they could be making a mistake.

Morris

Thank you, Morris. I don't know the story on this bird. I have close ups that show there is a eyeball in there, but doesn't look normal.
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Karl Witt wrote:
Makes me wonder at what point in life the eye was lost. Might have been very early and adapted? None the less your images are excellent

Karl

Thanks for commenting, Karl. It appeared to be doing the same things as the other shorties.

Rex



Mar 08, 2020 at 01:24 AM
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Bobg657 wrote:
Wonderful Rex, especially the first!
Bob

Thanks much, Bob.
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Fred Amico wrote:
Terrific images, Rex, and I'm heartened to think this owl is doing well in spite of his limited vision for catching prey.

Thank you, Fred. I think in the long run, it won't make it, but it is for now.

Rex



Mar 08, 2020 at 02:05 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · One-eyed Jack


beautifully done, Rex. love the action and the bokeh


Mar 08, 2020 at 07:59 PM
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arbitrage wrote:
Excellent shorty shots Rex. The eyes of the SEO are what make photos of them so striking (especially emphasized by all that mascara they use ). So I can relate to why you'd prefer this owl to fly left to right more than right to left

TFS
Geoff

Thank you, Geoff.
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louie champan wrote:
Terrific set of SEO shots Rex. One can only wonder what happened to the eye.

You're right, Louie. Thanks.
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cavuken wrote:
Great shots Rex. I would guess that these guys use their hearing as much as eyesight to pinpoint prey. I hope his vision loss doesn't cause him to miss an approaching eagle. Great job on the in-flight shots.

Thank you, Ken.

Rex



Mar 11, 2020 at 01:31 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · One-eyed Jack


Beautiful Set Rex, love the Owls...


Mar 11, 2020 at 02:22 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · One-eyed Jack


Cool capture, Rex!


Mar 12, 2020 at 09:55 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · One-eyed Jack


wow great shots


Mar 16, 2020 at 04:10 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · One-eyed Jack


Rex, great sequence and capture, unfortunate for the SEO.

Chris S.



Mar 16, 2020 at 05:59 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · One-eyed Jack


That's a superb set of that one-eyed owl, Rex! His eye condition didn't take away from the beauty of the set, it actually enhanced it, IMHO! YGMV!

Joshua



Mar 16, 2020 at 06:30 PM





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