How would I know? I don’t speak owl! “who” am I kidding, you’re just lucky I didn’t start singing… (ok, now you made me do it!) “Who? Who are you?”
We discovered this magnificent creature just hanging out at Denise’s parents home. He was just sitting there, as still as could be, not bothered by the gawking humans “who” were rambling on relentlessly about never seeing an owl during the daylight hours!
He was sitting silently. But don’t worry, I was able to download this nifty audio file of a “Horned Owl Hoot” (the name itself makes me chuckle!).
Denise has the “eyes of an eagle” (they can spot crap far, far away from high up in the sky! No, I am not implying that she flies about!), she spotted this beauty sitting low on a branch behind some bushes.
Me being the “a professional know it all” and knowing that owls sit high on branches and speak wise words, couldn’t see him at first. And, by at first, I meant for the first 5 minutes! I was taking my awesome zoom lens for a workout, scouring the branches, even snapping a few pictures, hoping that later I would have caught him by accident and then later to brag about my nature photography prowess.
In the end, I was able to capture these few photos. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am the paparazzi of owls! Ok, really I was just a “tourist” in his/her environment and this, is street photography, country style!
I must say, the way they can twist their head about, almost in a complete circle, without moving their bodies, does freak me out! (just a tad!) Not, to mention, their hearing is supposed to be beyond human, so I know, I just know, he could hear my thoughts, and knew I was freaked out! (I could tell by the look in his eyes!)
“Because Owls are generally active at night, they have a highly developed auditory (hearing) system. The ears are located at the sides of the head, behind the eyes, and are covered by the feathers of the facial disc.”
Until “nest” time…
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered. Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!
All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.