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One of two

It looks as if this young Great Horned Owl was just above my head, but actually it (along with its sibling and Mom) was so high up in one of the very tall trees at Burnsmead that I didn't see them when I first started looking. With the leaves starting to grow, it's getting harder and harder to see anything, but I managed to find just one spot where I could get a clear view through the tangled mass of branches. You can see just a few feathers of the sibling in the top left corner. I searched the whole area after not finding them where I half expected them to be and was about to search just one last place before leaving, when I heard an owl calling from behind me. Sure enough, there they were, way, way up : ) This little one looked like he had coughed up a pellet (in a different photo) and was pecking at it and eating it. I didn't think they would do that.


Linda, I hope this little ball of fluff can put a tiny smile on your face. Thinking of you and remembering Jim (Garnite). Hope you are doing OK.


Later: just came across this video from The Camera Store here in Calgary (like the short video I posted a couple of days ago), shot down in Fish Creek Park. It compares shooting with a DSLR with massive lens (a Nikon D700 with comparable lenses) to a small, bridge camera (the Fuji HS20) - tongue-in-cheek, but still interesting results.

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Taken on May 20, 2011