March 5, 2013

Hoot

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As promised, we're back to the great horned owls in Punta Gorda.  After seeing the little fuzzy baby, I discovered not one but two adults roosting in the same tree next to the nest.  Do you see the second one?  I'll give you a chance to look closely. In the meantime, based on sheer size, I believe this one (standing out so prominently) is the female.  After I quickly snapped this shot, she swiveled her head away from me and never turned back for the remaining 30 minutes or so I was there.  Well, that's when I spotted the second owl.  See him yet?  Okay...look all the way down to the very bottom of the limb the big owl is sitting on...then look up a smidge through the pine needles.  He's camouflaged really well, isn't he?  I was so excited that I captured both in one shot -- without even realizing it at the time.  What a hoot!  These guys, with their huge eyes and cute ear tufts, are quickly becoming a favorite with me. 

17 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Being a big owl fan I am absolutely thrilled!

We are: clamco said...

This is phenomenal! I thought the eagles were cool, but I think the owls have just stole the show! Two in one shot! Amazing!!!!

Jim Klenke said...

I see him. Cool shot.

SFlaGuy said...

I once saw one from about 4 inches away once. Apparently I was a little too close for comfort so the owl decided to glide out of the tree and show me what close really is. I used the back door to the house for the rest of the nesting season.

Clueless in Boston said...

Great capture. I would have overlooked the second owl if you hadn't mentioned there was one there.

LONDONLULU said...

Oh how amazing! (Once you see the second one, you can't unsee him:) Gorgeous capture making my lunch hour!

Kay said...

These are exciting shots! Look how well they both blend in! Mme. Owl looks a little bored with you even as she looks in your direction. What a great capture!

Lowell said...

What fascinating creatures! And your photography is superb. I thought that was probably the other owl hiding down there! Very well camouflaged!

LOLfromPasa said...

Now that is really something. Fantastic!

Brian King said...

What a beautiful owl!

Michelle said...

A really cool shot and I guess she was just giving you a bit of attitude by turning her head :)

Jack said...

Nice photo, SRQ. You got them both. I used to see barred owls in midsummer in Fort Myers, but so far I haven't seen any here in Naples.

You are so patient. I take pictures of what is in front of me and move on. Wait? Not this guy, unfortunately.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a wonderful capture with TWO of them! We have a pair that frequent our woods and their calls are a delight. Just LOVE this shot!

Bises,
Genie

Halcyon said...

Cute guy! Amazing you caught him. :)

valeria said...

Amazing!!! Owls are so beautiful... Very lucky to see one (wild), let alone two!!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm loving the owls SRQ, they really are fascinating birds. I always think that their eyes and the way they look at you is a little eerily 'human'. Fab capture again, I did spot the male peeking out there!

Ali Crehan said...

They sure are good at camouflaging themselves, aren't they? Wonderful photo, I am completely jealous!