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Tell me you've EVER seen anything this cute before!

I fell in love these owls first time I saw one of these little fellas. I say little becuase they are TINY! They stand about as tall as a soda can. Seriously!

Their instinctive response to danger is to freeze. They must think "hey, if I freeze he won't see my GIANT eyes and he'll go on his way..."

NOT!

Well, he thought this for about 30 minutes as I photographed him for quite some time. I setup my 500mm lens about 10-15 yards from him and fired away. He just stood there, staring at me, probably hoping I'd leave soon.

I have to wonder if these little buggers are strung out on meth or something...those eyes POPPING like that...oxycontin maybe??

This was pretty easy shooting given all the other owls I've photographed in the past 9 days would fly away when you get too close. Especially the Barred Owls.

So this will be my last Owl post for 2010. I do plan to return to Canada next year to continue my pursuit of the elusive Snowy Owl.

Thank you Flickr friends and I'll see you all in March!

::Taylor::, bobvt, Shon Peterson, and 434 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Gianluca Longu 82 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture

  2. louisa_catlover 80 months ago | reply

    beautiful! and I would never have realised how small he is if you hadn't said so

  3. wjpostma 80 months ago | reply

    This is a fantastic bird photo!

    Thank you for adding it to Louisa's Bird Gallery.

  4. MyRidgebacks - Sharon C Johnson 79 months ago | reply

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  5. Joerg Rockenberger 79 months ago | reply

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  7. jinterwas 79 months ago | reply

    Stunning capture, and yes, you're right, they are sooooo cute :)) !!

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  9. ROQUE141 78 months ago | reply

    magnífica!!

    seen in the expo... Birds of a feather 27

  10. dannyutah1 78 months ago | reply

    those eyes are mesmerizing!

  11. christabel37 77 months ago | reply

    this little fella is soooo cute, great photo

  12. Emmog 77 months ago | reply

    Superb shot.

  13. Raven Evernight 77 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo. Lovely owl with dramatic big yellow eyes.

  14. michael's wildlife photography 74 months ago | reply

    stunning moment of this little beauty....great shot.

  15. THANK YOU FOR 2 MILLION VIEWS 73 months ago | reply

    You are truly a Jedi Master , Obi wan has taught you well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. "Clare" 66 months ago | reply

    Wow, cool shot

  17. oststadtcitygirl 66 months ago | reply

    awwwww the eyes. love it

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