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Eastern Screech Owl (red morph) - Suburban New Jersey, 25 miles west of "The City" (NYC)

 

This guy moved in about a week ago when it started to get a little cooler, and will likely roost in my owl box for the winter. The last 5 years or so I had a gray morh that roosted for the winter, but this spring I noticed I had a red and gray pair nesting in the box, and I assume this is the red one of the pair. It's hard to say whether this is the fem or not, but since it's red headed I'll assume it is. :{)

 

These were captured with my 300 mm lens mounted on a branch in a nearby tree.

I fixed the ISO at 400, the aperature at F7 and let the shutter speed float with these shots ranging from 0.6 to 3 or 4 seconds. Perhaps later in the week I'll drag the 6 up the tree and see if I can get some decent close-ups.

  

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Click on the following link to see this guy in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Nest Box Resource Center where it appears on the "Nest Box Placemenr page".

 

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Taken on November 27, 2011