Bird Experts - Whoo-whoo is this?

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  1. ~Stella~

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    I'm not a wildlife photographer, nor do I play one on TV, so this is the best I could do given the location, etc.... This little guy lives in my mom's backyard - in her fig tree. We think it is a juvenile screech owl. Any other guesses?

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    Oh, and I'm in Texas.


    ETA - Oooh - I just realized I have a sharper one...I may post that one when I have a minute.
     
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    Hmm... Is it just me, or does he look pissed?
     
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    I woke him (her?) up in the middle of his night - what do you expect? ;)
     
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    [​IMG]

    Slightly sharper and perhaps a better edit, colorwise. The light was coming through the fig leaves so he was actually basking in green light. I tried to de-greenify him. :lol:

    Man - check out those talons!
     
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    I could be wrong but I do believe this is an adult red-phase eastern screech owl.

    Build him a box and enjoy his company
     
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    eastern screech owl was guess too
     
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    Cute little fella and quite lucky to have him living next door!
     
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    I'd kill to have something like that living right next door...Stick the big lens out the window and snap'em sleepin :mrgreen:

    I would seriously consider building him a nice nesting hole or box where he can feel safe and you can see him at the same time. He could proove to be a great intro into bird photography for you. You have a good start with this shot, I wish my first shots of birds looked that good.
     
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    Thanks. There's a purple martin house next to his fig tree - the squirrels have chewed at it, making it the right size for owls to nest and my mom thinks she saw momma owl in there a while back, but isn't 100%. Her yard is well established and birds in general seem to love it - this is not the first owl who has camped out there; she had 4 baby owls there a few years back that would huddle together in the daytime - I'd kill to photograph those little ones now; freaking adorable.

    So this one sits all day every day in the fig tree about....eh....12-15' up. I'll try to go back and get some more shots in nicer lighting...he's pretty cute. Unless you are a mouse.

    Bingo! Thanks!
    Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio)
     
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    You could get it something like this, locate it it someplace it would find safe but where you have a good angle of sight onto it.

    I would, but...
     
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    Actually, I've already found plans - they like 8x8 spaces with small holes to go through. If you click my blog link, I posted the plans...I'm kind of excited. I'm also making my dad (retired, bored) do all the work, lol.

    Thanks for the ideas!
     

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