Of course, I am talking about the other kind of hooters. What did you think I meant? I am referring to the Great Horned Owls. I think they are fascinating. When I see them looking at me, I always wonder what is going on in their little minds. Maybe they’re wondering what I am thinking, too.
Anyway, there is an area at Spring Creek Park, here in San Angelo, where over the months, a young Great Horned Owl, or GHO, has been seen frequently. We were in for a surprise yesterday, Friday, when we happened to look up into a tree and saw two of them sitting side-by-side. One of them, we believe, is the same one that had been seen on a regular basis. We recognized it because it’s left eye-lid seems to droop most of the time. I guess the other one just flew in, and decided it need a bit of companionship. It is just a tad smaller, too.
After getting several images, we decided to leave them alone and cruise on through the park, and maybe return later. A few minutes later we heard and saw this red-shafted Northern Flicker in the brush.
Further along, I couldn’t resist catching a photo of the state bird of Texas, the Northern Mockingbird.
Turning around, we decided to go back and check in with the owls. When we returned to their tree, we saw that one had separated itself to another branch about three feet away. About a month ago, I had purchased a small Leica camera and I thought this might be a good time to try out the zoom lens. Here is the result, and I guess I made a good investment.
I hope you enjoy these images, and you can click on any of them too see an enlargement. Then just click your back button to return to this post. I will take this time to wish all of you readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.