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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Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Dec 22, 2010 11:07 am - Voted 10/10

Absolutely beautiful!

He is looking straight at you. And, the eyes and the claws!
Great capture, Foster,
Marc

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 11:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Absolutely beautiful!

Thanks Marc, this was a fascinating creature to observe.

Adeel

Adeel - Dec 22, 2010 11:23 am - Voted 10/10

Beautiful!

very nice photo!
advlov

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 11:44 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful!

Thanks. Best wishes to you...

SierraCJ

SierraCJ - Dec 22, 2010 12:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Cool!

Love this picture. Great capture of a beautiful creature!

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 12:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool!

Thank you for your comment. Best of the holiday to you.

madeintahoe

madeintahoe - Dec 22, 2010 1:36 pm - Voted 10/10

What a beauty!

She/he is so sweet! So cute just sitting on that perch.. Beautiful owl! How lucky you were to see!

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 1:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What a beauty!

Thank you. Yes, special moments ~ I enjoyed your marmot in the pine tree...

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 22, 2010 5:26 pm - Voted 10/10

Remember hearing one..

..while hiking on the PCT in western WA.

I believe their call is more higher-pitched
than the Spotted or Great Horned.

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 6:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Remember hearing one..

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

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Dec 22, 2010 5:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Absolutely amazing !!!

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

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 6:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Absolutely amazing !!!

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.

TimB

TimB - Dec 22, 2010 6:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Really good photo.

That guy's eyes are fantastic. I love seeing owls. Almost never see 'em around here during the day, though.
:(

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 6:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Really good photo.

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 22, 2010 7:08 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Really good photo.

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!

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 7:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Really good photo.

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 22, 2010 7:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Really good photo.

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.

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 7:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Really good photo.

Yes, I like that concept of "office", thank you. Best holiday cheer and health to you and yours...

SoCalHiker

SoCalHiker - Dec 22, 2010 9:59 pm - Voted 10/10

Gorgeous

thanks for sharing. Cheers.

foster fanning

foster fanning - Dec 22, 2010 10:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Gorgeous

You are welcome. Appreciate your comment.
Best Holiday Wishes...

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