Barred Owl - Presqu'ile Provincial Park Ontario
It was cold in Canada today. Very cold. Actually, it's been cold every day I've been here so far, but I think it was more noticable today because I spent all day in pursuit of more owls with...very little success.
Winter conditions were more top of mind...no thrill of discovery to kick up the adrenaline to cut the winds biting temperture.
No images to report today, but a serious "E for effort" as we used every minute of daylight hiking and sitting in wait.
This owl was from two days ago, taken in Presqu'ile Provincial Park (the equivilent of a US National Park). This owl, peeking out, really stood out against the darkness of the thick forest of Jack Pine Trees. You really have to be careful hiking in woods like this as these tree's have branches very low to the ground...it's something like walking through a midevil obstical course...you're constantly in fear of poking an eye out on a branch yet you've got to be searching, alert and quiet all at the same time.
If you read my post yesterday, about Megan's ability to spot birds, you may get a chuckle...
Near the end of the day we took a break and were talking about how difficult today has been for sightings...we returned to the car to leave for another location and moments into the drive she points toward some trees...
MEGAN: "Whoa, hey, look...what's that..."
We slow down...I look carefully...
STEPHEN: "It's actually a plastic bag, but nice try..."
I say she loses a point for that one...It's now 4 to 1 Megan, for the record ;)