Sunday, January 06, 2013
North Wood Saw Whet
There has been owls sign all throughout the North Woods in recent weeks. Following a hunch, I combed the Park until I came upon a familiar scene. Looking closer I realized there were several pellets amongst the droppings. I scooped a couple up. Using the Rob Jett reverse doo-doo triangulation method, I eventually came upon a lump in the tree. Yes! A beautiful saw-whet was dozing overhead. I ran home and got my camera can made it back for flyout. Here it is after nightfall in the streetlights glow. Accidental flash pic here. For the record, I do not condone the use of flash when taking pictures of owls. Also if you look at the pic, while clearer than the ambient light shot, it has absolutely no character. In fact if you really look, it seems as if the owl was pissed at me. Sorry Bro! Here's him preening. See how much more natural without the obstrusive flash? But so much more technically challenging to shoot at .5 sec exposure while hand holding, especially if you are cold! Fly out was very interesting. Basically a large raccoon scaled up the tree and went towards the owl. I could barely discern it flying off into the dark.