When we grow up we’re going to be Tawny Owls……
…………..but in the meantime we know we look like hand-puppets knitted by someone who is using knitting needles for the first time, and then turned inside out!
Most of the best sightings we’ve had over the years have been birds pointed out to us by generous fellow-birdwatchers with far more experience/knowledge/patience than we’ll ever have.
These Tawny Owlets were high in their tree deep in a wood, known only to a local birdwatcher who had been observing them (from a safe distance) since they hatched. Thank you John! Without your help, we’d never had seen these gorgeous babies.
The magic of birdwatching!
To see more images of owls shared by our fellow bird-lovers visit Lisa’s Weekly Bird Challenge: Owls.
Lisa Coleman · 19 October 2020 at 16:46
Oh my goodness! I love your analogy with these owlets! You certainly would think that if you touched them, they would feel like yarn. I’ve never heard of a Tawny Owl so thank you for introducing this one to us. What a great experience and to have someone who knows where to find them. That’s what happened to us with the Long-eared Owl. If the park ranger hadn’t pointed the bird out, we would have walked right past without seeing it. 🙂
Helen Bushe · 19 October 2020 at 18:35
It was a magical moment (10 years ago) and such a privilege. I wasn’t expecting to see them, my camera settings were all wrong and the woods were dark! Extreme Post-processing required with these photos, but it’s all about the memory and their gorgeousness.
Lisa Coleman · 20 October 2020 at 13:49
Absolutely! I many memorable moments where my camera just wouldn’t focus. Happened to me every time I tried to photograph a magpie last September and again Saturday of an American Redstart only a few feet away. Settings were fine both times and the frustration was real.