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Owl! [Oct. 25th, 2010|01:15 am]
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Ever since I was little, the two critters that I always wanted to see in the wild were a coral snake and an owl. I saw a coral snake out at the land last year, and tonight I saw an owl in the redbud tree outside of my rent house. Here it is:

Owl!

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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2010-10-25 07:33 pm (UTC)

I love this photo!

Please get the owl to eat the snake. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-10-25 10:07 pm (UTC)
What a great picture! I hear owls but I haven't seen one in a tree. Did you spot it by sound or...?
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-10-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
Around midnight, I went to put the garbage out. As I was walking back in, I heard something in a tree by the door and I looked and saw a bird. It was just at the edge of the light. I couldn't see it very well and I thought it was a large pigeon sleeping. But something didn't seem right, so I looked again; I saw that it had feathers on its legs and realized it was an owl. I stood still for a bit just looking at it and then I went in for my camera. I didn't really think it would be there when I went back out, but there it was and I realized that it was blinded by the porch light.

I took one available light picture, but it was obvious that wasn't going to work, so I switched to flash which didn't bother the owl at all. I really wished I had auto-focus because it was so dark that I could barely see the owl through the viewfinder. But I've developed a method of bracketing with the focus, so I did that. After a bit, I quietly snuck closer keeping the light at my back. The photo here is one of the photos I took after I got closer. The owl stayed pretty calm the whole time. It didn't even spook when I made noises to get it to look at me. I think the light from the porch light had it really confused and not only could it not see me, but it couldn't see well enough to fly away.

I feel really lucky to have seen it. I wish I could send you an owl sighting. If I could, I would.
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