The species for today's subject is the Great Horned Owl. We are doing "s" for sleepy owls at ABC this week. I took these snaps a few days ago when we went in search of baby owls born this spring. All the shots were slow and somewhat in shade. I was shooting back lit, hand held with the sun behind the owls so some shadows and silhouettes. If you can count the "S" words you will be surprised at how many I can cram in here.
This is how I found them, baby owlets, they were sneaking a peak at the stalker and acting so silly.
The adult female gave me a scornful squint as she stands stately on the branch. I think to myself perhaps she remembers me from past years. She is unconcerned that I am there alone below her tree again with my camera. She scowls at me, scolding me with her stern looks and sly winks. She does not bother to leave.
The babies continue to stare at me...did I startle you or scare you I wonder? No, they are just spying on me as I spy on them. I make some encouraging owl sounds for them. hoo-hoo-hoo They are amused with me. We begin our dance together. All things in nature remain a spiritual wonder for me, we are all so interconnected. I mean no harm to them and they sense that.
Now they shuffle along the branch to check me out, each step a little more steady. They will proudly give me a saucy look or a serene look as they step along the stick branch. Here the babies show me their sizable feet..with such sharp talons. They scratch and peck at their new feet.
The mom just turns her back and gives a huge shake and shiver of her speckled feathers. She is glad to be out of that nest. Look at those strong legs.
See my spotted and soft feathers and look I have tail feathers too they seem to say to me as they show off their delight to be out of the nest also. Look I have wings too!
After a short while the baby owls are tired and sleepy. They sit still on the branch ready for some shut-eye. As I silently sneak away I hope they stay safe there on the branch and don't slip.
Sorry this is so short, it is summer here and a busy time. How many "s" words did I achieve without even mentioning the one that I step in all the time!!!
The memes for this week are: ABC Wednesday the letter "s". Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story. I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them as this is the quick way for me to do it.
Show off Your Shot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
World Bird Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday with Words
Nature Notes Wednesday
edit note: I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working. Sorry this duplicates my posts sometimes.