Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 06/08/2013


Photo taken on June  4, 2013


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Eyes that are deep, dark pools

Eyes that are deep, dark pools
Three days ago, 4 June 2013, we had such a great day! I had been invited (and could bring a couple of friends) to go and see a family of tiny Northern Saw-whet Owls (with 6 owlets) and a family of Barred Owls (2 owlets) on private land up near Edmonton. It's a three-hour drive from Calgary north to Edmonton, and then the owls were a further half-hour drive. (We had just a very short drive between the two owl familes). Worth every minute of it to see these two species of beautiful owls! Thanks so much, Rob, for driving Phil and I up there - I appreciate it SO much! Good to have the company of you guys - made the journey seem shorter : )

The owls were a little younger than they might have been, but still so precious to see! Richard's work (paid - his endless work with owls and other raptors is all voluntary) gets busier from now on, plus his summer weekends will be spent with his family (good for him!), so really this was the last chance he'd be able to do this. As usual, we felt so privileged to get this wonderful chance! Richard showed us two of the six Saw-whet babies (and banded one of these that he hadn't banded with the others the other day), and both the Barred Owlets. One of the Saw-whets was only about a week old and the other (seen in the photo I posted yesterday) was three weeks old. I think the Barred Owlets were about three weeks old and were very much bigger than the Saw-whets. The female adults of both families were high in fairly near, tall trees while this was going on, so we were very lucky to get photos of them, too. Trying to remember - I think I've only ever seen two Saw-whet owls in the wild, and this was the very first time I'd ever had the chance to see a Barred Owl in the wild : ))))))) At long, long last - and it felt so good! I also got the chance to meet several people from Flickr, including Don Delaney and part of his "gang". Lovely to meet you, Don, and the rest of you! Richard - we can't thank you enough for what you do (as a licenced Raptor Bander) and for sharing your love and knowledge of wildlife with others. Your young daughter (5 years old) is so lucky to be brought up with so many incredible opportunities and such a love of nature. What a keen eye she has, finding all sorts of interesting things for us to see, including a little Wood Frog (photo posted today, too). Wonderful to see such caring, gentleness and joy for all flora and fauna from such a young child, not to mention her knowledge about all these things! I was so impressed : )

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8 comments - The latest ones
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Haha ... a great big fuzz ball ... excellent details and very well taken ... terrific lighting here too!! Well done ...
4 years ago.
Alonza Driver
Alonza Driver
Wonderful capture.
Love the big eyes,fabulous light and detail
4 years ago.
Cobalt
Cobalt
Beautiful details
Well done
4 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
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Janet Kemp
Janet Kemp
Saw-whets are here but I've never had the opportunity to see one. Thanks for posting this wee one : ) Delightful!
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Nancy Lee..Purpletree
Nancy Lee..Purpletre…
A beautiful capture and owl!! So glad you got to see them!! I have yet to see any owl in person! ; )
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Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Stunning capture. Love the facial expression. Regards Tess.
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Cats 99
Cats 99
Well Done!!
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