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Northern Saw Whet Owl
For the album 'Birds in the Mountains'.
The Northern Saw-whet is a very small, short-bodied, Owl. The overly large head has no ear tufts. While these owls look small when perched in flight they appear larger because of their broad wings.
Northern Saw-whet Owls are primarily nocturnal. The Saw-whet Owl's name comes from the "skiew" call that is made when alarmed. This sound has a resemblance to the whetting of a saw.

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MarcsoltanAbsolutely beautiful!

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

He is looking straight at you. And, the eyes and the claws!
Great capture, Foster,
Marc
Posted Dec 22, 2010 11:07 am

foster fanningRe: Absolutely beautiful!

foster fanning

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Thanks Marc, this was a fascinating creature to observe.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 11:14 am

AdeelBeautiful!

Adeel

Voted 10/10

very nice photo!
advlov
Posted Dec 22, 2010 11:23 am

foster fanningRe: Beautiful!

foster fanning

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Thanks. Best wishes to you...
Posted Dec 22, 2010 11:44 am

SierraCJCool!

SierraCJ

Voted 10/10

Love this picture. Great capture of a beautiful creature!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 12:01 pm

foster fanningRe: Cool!

foster fanning

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Thank you for your comment. Best of the holiday to you.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 12:06 pm

madeintahoeWhat a beauty!

madeintahoe

Voted 10/10

She/he is so sweet! So cute just sitting on that perch.. Beautiful owl! How lucky you were to see!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 1:36 pm

foster fanningRe: What a beauty!

foster fanning

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Thank you. Yes, special moments ~ I enjoyed your marmot in the pine tree...
Posted Dec 22, 2010 1:38 pm

lcarreauRemember hearing one..

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

..while hiking on the PCT in western WA.

I believe their call is more higher-pitched
than the Spotted or Great Horned.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 5:26 pm

foster fanningRe: Remember hearing one..

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

Not sure if this will work ~ a link to a site with the audio of the Northern Saw Whet Owls call... http://www.owlpages.com/sounds/Aegolius-acadicus-1.mp3
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:44 pm

Tomek LodowyAbsolutely amazing !!!

Tomek Lodowy

Voted 10/10

I have just come back from Tatras and I see some really nice photos from last 3 days here, but that one attracts my full attention at once! masterpiece, thanks for sharing that one!

I dream of a view of that great bird once live, one of the most fascinating animals for me .

Merry Christmas!

Tomek
Posted Dec 22, 2010 5:49 pm

foster fanningRe: Absolutely amazing !!!

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

Thank you for the comment. I agree ~ the owls are beautiful creatures. I have one other decent pic of a horned owl I'll post later.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:45 pm

TimBReally good photo.

TimB

Voted 10/10

That guy's eyes are fantastic. I love seeing owls. Almost never see 'em around here during the day, though.
:(
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:27 pm

foster fanningRe: Really good photo.

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

My occupation as a wildland firefighter has allowed me to see a number of owls in the daylight, admittedly not their favorite time of day.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:47 pm

lcarreauRe: Really good photo.

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Back when I fought fires, I wasn't really
paying attention to the sights and sounds around me.

Besides, all the protective gear I was wearing was preventing me from doing (or seeing) anything but my immediate job's surroundings - (that was) to
hopefully quell the fire.

But, on my days off, it was a different story.. THANKS for the link!
Posted Dec 22, 2010 7:08 pm

foster fanningRe: Really good photo.

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

My 'fire district' spans the mountainous Okanogan Highlands south of the Canadian Border. Over one million acres, sparsely populated. As a commanding officer I travel the district extensively, often encountering wildlife. Its one of the benefits of the job.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 7:16 pm

lcarreauRe: Really good photo.

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

I can completely understand..

It's an added bonus to have an "office"
that spans over one million acres.

Happy Holidays to you..

Please click for the call of this owl.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 7:20 pm

foster fanningRe: Really good photo.

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

Yes, I like that concept of "office", thank you. Best holiday cheer and health to you and yours...
Posted Dec 22, 2010 7:26 pm

SoCalHikerGorgeous

SoCalHiker

Voted 10/10

thanks for sharing. Cheers.
Posted Dec 22, 2010 9:59 pm

foster fanningRe: Gorgeous

foster fanning

Hasn't voted

You are welcome. Appreciate your comment.
Best Holiday Wishes...
Posted Dec 22, 2010 10:17 pm

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foster fanningSubmitted by foster fanning
on Dec 22, 2010 10:58 am

Image ID: 686650
Hits: 3698 
Lat/Lon: 48.79963°N / 119.09729°W
Object Title: Northern Saw Whet Owl

Image Type(s): Wildlife