I started out yesterday morning with a walk at the nature center to look for the little Saw-whet Owl. It was right where I had hoped it would be, in the same tree where I have seen it for the past three weekends. Very tough to get a clear view of it with all of the little branches in the dense Cedar tree. With the telephoto lens I quietly circled the tree from a reasonable distance so as not to spook the bird until I found a small little hole in the branches that was not obstructing his face. He is very squinty in the early morning sun, but never took his eyes off of me. I would have like to seen the eyes a little wider, but maybe I need to get up earlier.
I then walked back to the nature center and stood quietly by the bird feeders and was fortunate to get a few pictures of what I think was a juvenile Coopers Hawk (but I'm open to suggestions) as it zoomed through the feeders terrorizing all of the birds and then landing on branch for a short while.
Next a stop at Parker's Woods to take a photo of the resident Barred Owl. It was a good day. [Click an image to see larger]
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