Owl in the Treetop

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All morning long we were hearing a faint hoot, hoot, hoot coming in the back door. I made a foray out to see if our friend, the owl baby, had come to visit again, but couldn’t see him anywhere.

Time passes . . .

The hoots continued, so I took my camera and went to search in earnest. And there he was – right in the ash tree, probably where he had been all along. He blinked down on me as if to chastise me for invading his “bedroom”, as it is no doubt bedtime for him at this time of day.

I don’t really know why he hoots like that unless he is just a baby and is confused about where the rest of his family is and is waiting for a parent to appear with a juicy breakfast morsel. He’d probably go for one of my poached eggs!

During the day, I went out a few more times just to say “hello”, but by mid-afternoon, he had taken his leave, and we heard no more.

I didn’t edit this picture, so it is really huge – 12MP – so if you click the picture, let it load, and click it again, you will see every little feather and some interesting little knobby things on his feet around his very impressive talons.

If you want to see him up close and really personal, click here ANIMALS SPOTTED or above under the banner, to get a feel for what it must be like to be his nestmate! Note that one iris is larger than the other; presumably because his face is partially in the shade. Again, this picture can be enlarged considerably as well.

This was a very thrilling experience for me. I was on the ground, and he was way up there, but with that amazing little hunk of electronics, I was able to be right up there with him. This is just a 24x camera, so I can only imagine what a thrill it must be to have one of the newer ones that will shrink distances even more.

About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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21 Responses to Owl in the Treetop

  1. gypsy97 says:

    I would give anything to have see an owl so close! I’ve seen them when I lived in the east, and heard them as well, but never in California. I know they are here but I just haven’t seen any. Great picture of this beauty!


    • judilyn says:

      They are very special. They nest almost continuously in the big pine trees down by the office of the park here. At night if you walk under those trees, it is a real “hoot” because they seem to be holding regular conversations from tree to tree. Wonder what they are talking about! We get them down here only occasionally, but the RV’s that are parked up in front have this chorus going all the time.


  2. gypsy97 says:

    After I commented I enlarged the picture as you suggested. Oh my goodness, what a difference it makes. Very interesting.


  3. Sharon says:

    Judie, I am boggled at the detail in those photos. Majestic!


    • judilyn says:

      Me, too. I couldn’t believe my eyes! He was waaaay up there, and I was waaaaay down on the ground. It was a fantastic experience, fur sure! ;->


      • Sharon says:

        It’s also the first owl (or any animal) photo I’ve ever noticed where the pupils were different sizes. And I had no idea they had those little knobs on their feet! His nostrils even show! 🙂


        • judilyn says:

          The pupils’ different sizes comes from one of them being in the shade, thus opening up wider to admit more light. I wanted to say something funny about “nostril exudate”, but restrained myself. That was difficult to do! The foot knobby things were a surprise to me, too. That little guy probably has no idea how far and wide his visage has spread today! He’d probably say “TMI” !!! ;->


  4. Sharon says:

    Yes, I noticed the brighter light on that side. I REALLY laughed at the TMI! 😀


  5. Shirley says:

    This is an amazing picture of the owl. I just LOVE seeing them and hearing them a few times playing on my roof in the early morning! You take great pictures !


  6. Bev Parks says:

    Excellent shot! You’ve got a steady hand.


  7. lorna dunham says:

    Great shot Judie — right in your own backyard. How lucky can you get!! I hope he takes up residence in that Ash tree so you can follow his growth and activity…maybe even give him a name eventually?!!!


    • judilyn says:

      I have seen him here a couple of times, but he never stays. There is a permanest of them up by the office, about half a block away. That’s where the families are. I think we get the stray one that is out looking for adventure. Did you see the close up on ANIMALS SPOTTED? That just blows me away!


  8. LFFL says:

    Those eyes are amazing!


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