Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Saw-whet Owl/Wild Bird

Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus)

One of North-America's smallest owls, saw-whets in winter roost in small conifers, this one in a spruce. Adults are the approximate size of an American robin - about  seven to eight-and-a-half inches high.

Sleepy

A saw-whet's favourite prey is mice. One mouse is enough food for two meals.

Instead of flying when a saw-whet is discovered, it sits very still making it an easy photographer's model. However, I used a long lens hoping to not stress it too much.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

58 comments:

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

great capture.. The owl looks so majestic!

Kate said...

They DO look wise! They seem so mysterious and are a source of fascination.

Jill said...

These are amazing captures of this true beauty!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Saw-whets are banded at Prince Edward Point Observatory, a fascinating process to watch.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos! I'd love to see an owl in the wild. I've only seen them flying across the highway at night it seems. Guess I need to get out in the woods more often. ;)

see you there! said...

What a beauty. Amazing that they are that small. Thanks for introducing me to yet another bird I didn't know about.

Darla

Dana said...

The eyes in that first picture are mesmerizing! Wonderful shots. ☺

Thanks so much for commenting on my haiku yesterday. It means a lot that you took the time to do that.

Happy Tuesday!

Sandra said...

these are AWESOME shots and a truly awesome Owl..

Kathy said...

What a cute little bird. And a couple of great pics!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos! I'd love to see an owl around my yard too.

Karen said...

He sure is a tiny one. What great shots EG!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh my gosh, these are awesome! He's so precious, I just want to pinch his little owl cheeks. What a great photo opportunity that you made the most of. I admire you for not wanting to stress out the bird to get more shots. I'd do the same if Barbara, our barred owl, showed any signs of stress, but I think she loves the attention.

Stefan Jansson said...

Great images. I have never been able to photograph an owl so I'm a bit jealous of you!

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is just lovely, I have never seen a wild owl in Canada.

Gill

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Awesome shots. I'm surprised they are that little.

Judy said...

Fantastic shots of this beautiful bird!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome!!! beautiful little thing!

Susan said...

Wow, I am always amazed at your photography! What a little cutie!

Pride In Photos said...

so adorable when they are sleeping.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Wonderful set of images.

Carletta said...

Excellent captures!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Awesome shots!

Naperville Now said...

darling shot -- and bless anything that takes care of mice.

LONDONLULU said...

Aw, I love the sleepy one! It's amazing you've been able to capture as many birds as you do, never mind the elusive (to me:) owl!

HansHB said...

Awesome photos!

Snowcatcher said...

I've never seen one in the wild, so now I'm going to have to keep my eyes more pealed! I'm always game for a bird who poses for the camera...

Malyss said...

So lovely! Very good catch!

Rebecca said...

Such a special sighting!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are wonderful pictures. This owl is cute.

RedPat said...

I've never seen one but they always look so cute in photos. Your pics are great EG!

eileeninmd said...

Oh, lucky you! The Saw-Whet is a cute owl! Great shots.

mick said...

Great photos of the owl - I like the contrast with the eyes open and then closed.

Catherine said...

The saw-whet owl is a gorgeous little creature, your closeups are really nice! I would love to see one someday...

Giga said...

Sowa jest cudna, a jej zdjęcia wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Owl is a marvelous and wonderful pictures of her. Yours sincerely.

Ken Schneider said...

Nice find and wonderful photos! They can really be difficult to locate, in my experience.

Stephanie said...

Magnificent!

George said...

Wow! These are fantastic portraits of the owl. Your first photo is especially marvelous.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're so cute! Look like a toy.

Randy said...

Beautiful markings.

Gillian Olson said...

Amazing captures, I have never seem one before, a real treat.

Krishna said...

Great snap.. Nice bird

thanks

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots of owl.

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
I come to you from Giga.
Great blog.
Beautiful pictures.
I am delighted.
A photo owls are excellent.
I send greetings from distant Polish.
Lucia

Miss Kodee said...

You were lucky to get so close or fancy a great zoom :) I find owl eyes spooky and interesting all at once. One mouse for 2 meals seems like a small bit of food considering his size. I will tell the dogs here they must be over fed!

Small City Scenes said...

You take the best pictures of Owls. This little guy is very cute. Not what an Owl wants to here. LOL MB

llandudnopictures said...

A beautiful bird, beautifully captured!

Brian King said...

What beautiful shots!

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful post on a beautiful owl! I hope to see one someday!

Sue said...

Owls are cool.

=)

Nature in the Burbs said...

Beautiful capture!

Kay said...

This is such a glorious shot it doesn't seem real! "Spectacular!" barely begins to cover it. Makes my day!

Stewart M said...

Wonderful little owl - owls are always great to watch.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW- Stewart M - Melbourne

Cezar and Léia said...

Owls have such cute faces!
God bless you!
Cezar

veredit - isabella kramer said...

WOW !!! Great shots with a marvelous background !!

xoxo veredit

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh What a CUTIE!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a darling Owl!

She Who Carries Camera said...

wonderful capture! I just love owls and it's such a treat to find them in mid-day!

Rose said...

He is so adorable!

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