The Short-eared Owl
It has been a while since I have seen a short-eared owl. In fact the only other time that I saw one was on Christmas Eve in 2017. I went out for a morning ride looking for the snowy owl, and I found a few short-eared owls along with the snowy. After Monday I think that I know why. These critters are meant to blend in. I only thought there was one which was weird off the bat. Of course then I started noticing them in the brush along the sides of the road. If I hadn’t have noticed the first owl I would have driven by all of them. I need to keep that in mind from now on.
When The Hunch Pans Out
My hunches about wildlife rarely pan out. In fact I am right so few times that I really can’t claim credit when I am right. On Monday I knew that it was cold with snow on the ground so if there are any owls in the area they might be out. I drove through a few places where I know that they hang out with no luck. I decided to try Prophetstown so I left a different way than I normally would. That is when I ran into the owls. A hunch with a little luck helped me make some pictures that I have been wanting to make for a long time.
The Tamron 150-600mm Lens
This really is a great little lens. I would love to always have my Canon 600mm with me, but when driving it is just too much to deal with. This Tamron is light and easier to shoot out of my window. It also gives me a little flexibility. With the barn in the background I knew that I wanted to make this shot a little wider. I love the tight shots, but these shots help tell the story of the day a little more. It also gives you an idea of just how small these owls really are.
These owls really have a perfect camouflage. As you can see they blend in well when you know that they are there. This is why I have such a huge collection of photos of things that I thought were owls.