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Saw Whet Owl

Saw Whet Owl is one of the cutest owls you can find in North America. These owls are particularly friendly and tolerate the proximity of humans. This owl is about the size of an American Robin.They typically spend their daylight hours sleeping on a branch just above the eye level. At night fall they begin their hunt for small mammals like mice.
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I have been fortunate to find a saw whet owl close to where I live every winter. This winter was no exception. My first two outings around Christmas yielded nothing. Not only did I not find the owl but I also lost my tripod head which came undone from the tripod while I was navigating among the thick brush. Little did I know that this was a blessing in disguise. Three days later when I realized that I lost the tripod head I decided to go looking for it. Fortunately, I could still see my footsteps in the snow. After 45 minutes of searching I found the tripod head. Just a few feet away the saw whet owl was waiting for me. To my surprise it was very alert. The big yellow eyes followed my every move.
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Two days later we had 5-6 inches of snow. The temperature was a frigid 1*F with gusting winds. Against my better judgement, I decided to head over to the nature center looking for the owl. I found the owl about two hundred feet to the north of my original sighting. The owl was clearly not as impressed with me. It hardly open its eyes.
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After observing the owl for about 30 minutes I was ready to head home but decided to get a picture from a different angle. Then I noticed the mouse. The owl had caught a mouse and gone to sleep holding on to it. I am sure he/she was saving the poor mouse for a snack later on. harshaj_150104_50 copy 2web

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16 responses

  1. Jackie

    Harsha, your skills bring me right to that spot, thank you for sharing your talent and for your
    patience at unveiling the wondrous wildlife around us.

    January 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    • Thank you Jackie.

      January 19, 2015 at 3:00 am

      • Hi Kee,
        Just got back from Banff. The place is incredible and i did not want to come back. There are so many neat places to take pictures.
        In the process of planning my next trip there.
        Good luck and let me know if you have any qestions.
        Harsha

        January 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  2. Kee

    Harsha, Glad to know that you found your tripod head back where you lost it. Double fortune was waiting for you! Just wonderful sight of those owls, awake or sleepy!
    Thanks for sharing your photos and excursions!

    Kee

    January 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    • Thank you so much Kee. I am gland to find that tripod head.

      January 19, 2015 at 3:00 am

  3. Diane

    That little owl is so cute with his bright yellow eyes. I could see every detail. I so enjoyed your storytelling

    January 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm

  4. Lori Gerdes

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

    January 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm

  5. Paul Hertzel

    Good work, Doctor.

    January 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

  6. Jack Vanden Heuvel

    Great shots. I love the story of your tripod head by owl. I thought you were in Banff.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    January 19, 2015 at 12:20 am

    • Thanks Jack. On my way from Banff.

      January 19, 2015 at 2:57 am

      • Kee

        Hello Harsha,

        I could not help but to notice that you have been in Banff!!

        How was it? I will look forward to your wonderful photos from Canadian Rockies.

        I was so impressed with the area when I visited last month, I am going there again

        this Thursday, 22nd, for another week there.

        Kee Woo Rhee

        January 19, 2015 at 3:07 am

  7. Thanks so much for sharing…Unbelievable photos. 🙂

    January 19, 2015 at 3:11 am

  8. JANAKA JAYAWARDANE

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS, GREAT JOB.

    January 19, 2015 at 11:49 pm

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