We have been on a birding frenzy lately exploring areas of Ohio that we’ve never been to before. We owe much of our spots to fellow birding friends and an app called eBird and Merlin bird ID. But there is a tale that goes with this owl. A birder told another birder who told me where to find some particular ducks in one of the local parks and that was the plan for the day. Find the park (hooray for GPS), go to one particular parking lot, cross the main road, turn right, head for the white sawhorse, go up that path past the line of trees, keep walking for almost a mile and there would be the pond with these particular ducks and I don’t mean Mallards.
That trek was an adventure all by itself!
But before we left the parking lot a couple on their morning walk came up to us and asked what were we photographing? After telling them it was birds, they asked had we seen the owl? Owl?!? So we followed them along one of the many walking trails in the park (which we would never have done otherwise) until there it was; just sitting there in clear view watching people go by.
My first in the wild owl!
It let us get very close without flying off or even remotely making any warning moves but I was ever cognizant of not being loud, sounding like a mouse or threatening because they have some serious beaks and claws and I did not want it angry at me. Even when a group of high school girls came running by on their school track team practice it didn’t move more than fluffing it’s feathers a bit. Cool owl…
Ooh I love the photos of the owl! Great job. It seems my lil red dot is also caught in birding frenzy as the Botanical Gardens is promoting it too.
Thank you. It was quite a cooperative owl and birding is a good social distancing activity.
Owls are very cool.
I agree! And very quiet when they need to be.
It’s a really beautiful owl.
Thanks. That it is and so cooperative.
Wonderful captures of the owl! And how exciting to see it in the wild!
Thank you! It was a great day 🙂
Wonderful pictures – the owl really blends in!
Thank you. Survival and hunting skills on point 🙂
Beautiful captures! It’s always fun when your subject cooperates.
Thanks and even more so when it’s a subject that you didn’t think you’d ever see!
Perfect pictures of that owl!
Thank you 🙂
That’s kinda what I said when I first saw it too. Thanks!
Owls freak me out, but these are good pictures 🙂
Thanks but why do they freak you out?
Haha I don’t why, they just look creepy to me.
way cool to see the owl in the wild and in the light of day! i hear the owls where i live many times a month but rarely get to see them except at a great distance and by the light of a very powerful flashlight. lol
Up until this day I’d only seen owls at rescue centers or when brought in for educational purposes. This ranks right up there with me photographing the bald eagles. And I bet the don’t like flashlights much lol
I’m sure they don’t like flashlights either. Lol
Wow, wow, wow! Hats off…
Owls and other birds of prey were common at our summer house in Normandy.
I’d go to sleep to their howling…
Sadly they are very vulnerable to pesticides, since they are at the top of the food chain…
Glad there still are some. And this one was a beauty.
Muchas gracias 🙂 I think the use of pesticides has tapered down and less birds are being harmed. Being hooted to sleep sounds interesting.
Hopefully. I read somewhere that vultures in India have all but disappeared. Which is a major problem for garbage disposal…
Hooted to sleep? 😴
I was fortunate to go to sleep in many different locations. As a child in Africa, our house was between the African village and the sea. I went to sleep every night to the beat of the drums…
My childhood? I fell asleep to the sounds of crickets 🙂
Crickets? Cicadas? How wonderful? How so?
I think the cicadas were just in the daytime but at night when it was cool enough to have the windows open there were the crickets. I actually preferred the sweet little tree frogs at night when I was in Jamaica.
You’re right, cicadas are in daytime. I am confused between French and English: crickets mean different things. Crickets are “grillons” who do sing at night. “Criquets” are your locusts…
Tree frogs sound nice. (Never been to Jamaica…) Babylon by bus… Jah! Rastafarai! 😉
They call them coqui in Puerto Rico (the frogs) and they are the cutest little things.
I can only agree with you, being a “Frog” myself. 😉
That is a gorgeous owl and a beautiful photo – a great chance discovery. When we were kids, we once had some owlets growing up on a big bougainvillea tree in our house. The way they rotated their heads keeping rest of the body unmoved was very comical.
Thank you! Watching them and other birds turn and twist their necks in various ways always makes my neck ache! LOL
Excellent photographs and narrative! William