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8” tall Western Screech owl.

By makeupmagic    
This is pure luck! I had my head lamp on to check watering in the back yard, saw these yellow eyes staring at me from the Apricot Thevitia shrub/tree. I ran into the house, adjusted settings hurriedly, and back to the tree. I could not believe it was still there. I got off 2 shots before he fled. Only because I was wearing that head lamp was I able to zero in on him in the dark!!!!

Tags: Owl Wildlife and nature Western Screech owl

Voters: Daisymaye, SauliusR, mike9005 and 27 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



Daisymaye Plus
14 26 24 Canada
23 Sep 2020 5:55AM
Love those big round eyes. Great image.
Chinga Plus
12 123 3 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2020 6:49AM
Excellent capture, beautiful big eyes !!
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KarenFB Plus
17 5.9k 184 England
23 Sep 2020 6:56AM
I think you surprised him! Wink A gorgeous photo.
23 Sep 2020 7:39AM
Lovely image. Well captured.
viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2020 8:47AM
An excellent result from this unexpected opportunity.

pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2020 2:33PM
Those eyes are remarkable, how lucky you were!
23 Sep 2020 3:03PM
Lucky is right! You could not plan this. I have watched small owls flit around the street light for years, sat in my car hoping to see what one looked like but they are so fast and elusive that I never got to see one close enough to see clearly. The activity, of course, was always late at night, only when large beetles and bugs were available. If I had not been wearing my bright head lamp, I would not have seen it or been able to get the camera to focus.
Thanks for all the comments.

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