Friday, April 16, 2010

Northern Spotted Owl!


Finally saw a Northern Spotted Owl (hot damn, and even better since we're officially moving away from their habitat). He was incredibly obliging...and awesome. This guy was pretty much badass. Spotted owls are listed as threatened because of severe habitat loss (they require old growth, deforestation is a huge problem). They were a lot bigger than I thought, one of the biggest owls in North America. So pumped we had such excellent views of this beautiful animal. Bird Photography Weekly , Camera Critters, Face of the Week Abc Wednesday (N)

50 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

Who could NOT love that adorable face? Awesome captures, Jill!

NicoleB, Egypt said...

He's totally gorgeous!
Congratulations :D

Woody said...

These are great, it's nice to have an accommodating subject! I haven't seen an owl around here in many years :-(

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

jason said...

Yay! That looks like success to me, Jill. I'm thrilled you got the shots--and what beautiful shots they are. Gorgeous bird.

Susan said...

Beautiful owl! Looks like he was checking you out as much as you were clicking on him!

Misty Dawn said...

OUTSTANDING images!!! I would LOVE to get photos like this. Very well done!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Wow, beautiful shots.

Darryl and Ruth : )

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful owl and a wonderful sighting, Jill! Great photos!

A Garden of Threads said...

Great sighting, the photos are fantastic.

Michael said...

You are right - he is awesome. Great set of pics.

i beati said...

wonderful character

Willard said...

A beautiful series. Excellent work!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What can I say that has not been said, great series of photos. Beautiful owl.

Denise said...

Jill I am so happy for you. I have been looking for such a moment for a very long time and have yet to experience it. Your photos are fantastic! He is one beautiful owl.

Dianne said...

he's amazing!!
and you took such wonderful shots of him

Clytie said...

Absolutely stunning. How awesomely lucky you are!!!

Wow!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos! Love owls. Here where I live there are many of them, at day and at night.

Rebecca said...

Hot damn is right. I would be thrilled to see ANY owl and get photos of it. Great job.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh -- I would be so happy to even get that good a sighting of this owl -- and to get those wonderful pictures would be a dream come true. thank you so much for sharing. Just wonderful.

Willa @ PixelMinded said...

His eyes is straightly looking right into my soul!

Americana Lady @Americana By Candlelight said...

Lucky you! Joan

Müge said...

It has a very cute face indeed! :-) Excellent photos!

Wren said...

Really great views and photos, Jill. I didn't know they were our largest owl. Very cool!

Phil said...

Wow Jill You can't really get better pictures than that.

Kelly said...

Wow! Absolutely amazing and beautiful. They eyes are incredible.

mick said...

Beautiful bird and photos too.

ksdoolittle said...

Oh, Jill, I can feel the adrenalin pumping, hear your heart racing. Superb capture. Congratulations on some wonderful shots and on the experience. ~ks

Bob Kaufman said...

Wow! That is one obliging owl! Awesome photos, Jill!

Neil said...

Beautiful series of photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are beautiful! I'm still hoping to see an owl out in the open one day.

Pam said...

You must have the patience of a saint, Jill. capturing such beauty doesn't come easy, although you do make it look easy. Nice capture, Mr Owl is gorgeous!
I will just keep dreaming. I want to be just like you when I grow-up :)

Sistertex said...

Oh Wow...double Wow! What a great grouping of photos. You got some really excellent shots there! Did you get them at night, they kind of look like night shots. Just wondered how you captured such magnificent shots of him. The eyes are haunting. Great face, thank you so much for adding this guy to the 'Face of the Week' this week. Wonderful stuff!!!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Thanks everyone. Seeing this guy and being so close to him was definitely a wonderful experience! So glad I saw him before we moved! Sistertex - nope, not at night, just in the dark redwoods! I used ISO 320 -800 but luckily the lower ISOs turned out really well!

jabblog said...

He certainly is beautiful. It's sad if he and his kin are being driven to the furthest outreaches of their territory and perhaps finally extinction :-(
Superb photos!

Amanda said...

What a beautiful bird! You got some really super shots!

photowannabe said...

Totally awesome Jill. Your shots are supurb.

Roger Owen Green said...

WHOO was that bird?
Very accommodating; must have been your farewell present.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ebie said...

Oh what great eyes you have! You are so close to nature!

Leslie: said...

Wow! You sure WERE lucky he was so obliging - almost looks like he's posing for you!

ChrisJ said...

Wonderful photographs! He is very photogenic.

Wanda said...

What excellent photo's....fantastic!

Jama said...

Beautiful photos of the owl!

Gattina said...

Wonderful pictures of the owl ! I love owls they have the same eyes and look like my little cat Rosie, lol !

Jay said...

Wow! He is gorgeous, isn't he? And he let you take so many photographs! You were honoured.

Larry said...

OMG Jill! My heart would have been pounding out of my chest to get such good looks at this magnificent bird! Your photos are the best I've ever seen of the Spotted Owl.

I need to make a special trip to the coast to see one of these before they are gone. It would be a major lifer for me and I just nee to do it.

Thanks for the excellent views and the excitement that goes with it.

LisaF said...

A beautiful owl. I hear owls in our neighborhood, and sometimes they swoop in front of the car, but I've never seen one sitting still!

Lana Gramlich said...

Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :)

Nydia said...

I simply adore owls! This sequence of photos is breath-taking, this guy is awesome! Gotta respect him! You were lucky to have a chance of taking these photos!

Wondeful N post!

Kisses from Nydia.

Out walking the dog said...

What incredible shots. That must have been an amazing thrill. I too had no idea they were so large.