A Northern Saw-whet Owl with a Uni-brow

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 18 Jan 2013
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Monkton, Vermont
June 2010
Tamron AF18–250mm f/3.5–6.3 AF Di II at 250mm, f/6.3, 1/50s, ISO 400

This is kind of a lousy image, but a fascinating bird!  I spotted this juvenile sitting in a tree while mowing the lawn.  Northern saw-whets behave as though they were tame- I think it’s more likely that their defense/fear mechanism is to sit stock still.  They’re only about the size of a can of soda, but look at those feet!

I watched this critter for about 10 minutes before running in to get my camera.  It was still there when I returned and I managed to get a few shots, though none of them came out very well due to the dappled sunlight and the low light on the bird in the interior of a cedar.  I’d love to have another daytime encounter with a saw-whet.  It was a thrill to experience, and with my improved skills and better equipment I’d hope to get some better images as well.

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