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Gotta say I'm fascinated by Owls and seek them out whenever I get the chance. Here's a few I've come across in my travels...






Short Eared Owl, British Columbia







Northern Pygmy Owl with Vole







Juvenile Great Horned Owl at Sunset







Barred Owl, Olympic Peninsula







Great Gray Owl, Oregon







Burrowing Owl, Eastern Washington







Snowy Owl, British Columbia




Oct 05, 2021 at 08:25 PM
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What a neat collection, you've had great success finding these!

Bob



Oct 05, 2021 at 08:37 PM
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What a great collection, Dave! These owls are awesome!!


Oct 05, 2021 at 08:43 PM
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Bobg657 wrote:
What a neat collection, you've had great success finding these!

Bob

Thanks Bob!

It's taken some travel, some research and a bit of luck though I do admit the Northern Pygmy Owl caught that Vole in our yard last winter and took it to the neighbor's aspen trees to eat and pose for me. Dumb luck on that one, the only clue I had was all the songbirds at the feeders chattering like crazy so I figured there was a predator nearby and looked around until I saw that little guy pounce on the unsuspecting vole.

Here's a shot after he finished eating and dropped to a lower branch conveniently in front of the neighbor's red metal roof







Northern Pygmy Owl, Jackson Wyoming



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Oct 05, 2021 at 08:44 PM
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OSP2017 wrote:
What a great collection, Dave! These owls are awesome!!

Thanks for the kind words!




Oct 05, 2021 at 09:08 PM
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Awesome collection.

George



Oct 06, 2021 at 04:21 AM
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George Welch wrote:
Awesome collection.

George

Thanks George. Much appreciated!




Oct 06, 2021 at 07:20 AM
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Terrific captures of such beautiful creatures!


Oct 06, 2021 at 07:26 AM
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Amazing set. The Pygmy owl is great. I can never spot the owls - I can only hear their calls


Oct 06, 2021 at 07:52 AM
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SeattleDucks wrote:
Terrific captures of such beautiful creatures!


Thanks!

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max2k1 wrote:
Amazing set. The Pygmy owl is great. I can never spot the owls - I can only hear their calls

Thanks!

I know what you mean, often I hear them and can't find them but sometimes there are clues like smaller birds mobbing them and making a ton of noise or pellets and white wash near a commonly used perch that I find when walking around during the day and then revisit. Sometimes it's just being in good Owl habitat near sunrise and sunset when they go out to hunt and sometimes it's the feeding cries of the chicks that bring me to a nest during nesting season.

Here's one of those latter images. I heard the feeding cries of this Great Horned Owl chick while out hiking and was able to find the nest. I came back with my gear later in the day to find them both together. Trick was finding a clear shooting lane from farther up the hillside to push the nest against foliage instead of the bright clear sky.








Great Horned Owl and Chick, Wyoming




Oct 06, 2021 at 08:06 AM
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What a great collection of owls. They are really fascinating creatures.

Dave



Oct 06, 2021 at 10:22 AM
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Dave_E wrote:
What a great collection of owls. They are really fascinating creatures.

Dave

Thanks Dave! I agree, I never get tired of watching or photographing Owls, they're really interesting.




Oct 06, 2021 at 10:58 AM
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Very beautiful set of theses beauties, i'm fan of the Pigmy takes in Jackson Wyoming, the pink backgroud creates outstanding picture.
Gerard



Oct 06, 2021 at 12:39 PM
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torobouk wrote:
Very beautiful set of theses beauties, i'm fan of the Pigmy takes in Jackson Wyoming, the pink backgroud creates outstanding picture.
Gerard

Thanks Gerard!

Yeah, I was lucky to have that little guy visit the yard and then pose where I could move around to put him against that background. I saw him come by three different times last winter. With a little luck I might see him again this winter




Oct 06, 2021 at 10:24 PM
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love the owls Dave


Oct 07, 2021 at 02:18 AM
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Great set of images. Well done.

Gordon



Oct 07, 2021 at 04:55 AM
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Great set of images! The ones you added are also superb.
I like to photograph owls too, but I rarely see one, let alone when there is enough light to get a shot. Congratulations on accumulating such an excellent set of images.

Dave



Oct 07, 2021 at 03:20 PM
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Super set of images, the one with the chick is over the top.


Oct 07, 2021 at 03:49 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
love the owls Dave


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gcooke0522 wrote:
Great set of images. Well done.

Gordon

Thanks, much appreciated!




Oct 07, 2021 at 09:36 PM
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dclark wrote:
Great set of images! The ones you added are also superb.
I like to photograph owls too, but I rarely see one, let alone when there is enough light to get a shot. Congratulations on accumulating such an excellent set of images.

Dave

Thanks for the kind words Dave. I feel lucky when I can find Owls in situations where I can also photograph them. Sometimes it's just luck and time out in the field hiking and looking around but like so much wildlife I've found most of the Owls I've photographed focusing on the basics: Feeding and Breeding.

Finding a nest in season or sometimes an empty nest in the winter when they're easier to spot and then checking up on it as nesting season gets under way has worked pretty well for me. Sometimes they'll keep using the same nest for several seasons but other years they trash the nest and move on the following year.

Here's one of the first nests I photographed almost 20 years ago, I came across the empty nest while out cross country skiing in January where it stood out with a big crown of snow on it and no birds in sight. But I checked back a couple of times as spring approached and sure enough this Great Horned Owl nested and produced three chicks from that nest and used the same nest for a couple more years until a wind storm took it down one fall.








Great Horned Owl, Wyoming - Nikon D1H, 600mm f/5.6 P lens




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