|Western Screech Owl
The owl didn't seem to mind two ladies pointing huge lenses at him. He (or she, I wasn't really sure) sat in the tree's crevice, eyes closed, trying to sleep. Then my neighbor got an idea. She asked her phone to play the call of a Western Screech owl. When that little owl heard the phone mimicking his call, it's eyes opened wide - and we got our money shots. As an added bonus, the owl started hooting back a reply. And although we didn't see the second owl, it also began calling from a nearby tree. A super-cool experience!
Western Screech Owls are small birds. Weighing only 3.5 to 10.8 ounces, they range from 7.5 -9.8 inches in length, and have wingspans of 21.6 to 24.4 inches. Although it looks big in my photos, the owl was adorably tiny. And once we got them to open, I just loved his big, round eyes!
That was first my exciting wildlife photo shoot for the new year. I'm hoping for many more in the coming months. I just need to hang out with my neighbor more often!
|Bonus backyard bird pic
In the meantime, my backyard bird feeders have been providing my big lens with many feathered photo subjects.