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A lovely sighting!

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A lovely sighting!
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I went for my usual walk along the dyke this morning. I headed to the north to go check on "our" Bald Eagle nest to see if they have started sprucing up the nest for the coming breeding season (answer: unfortunately not yet). On my way back I heard a bunch of Crows kicking up a fuss in a stand of trees on the ocean side of the dyke. This is often a sign of a predator in their area so I started looking for the crows and then for what it was that they were excited about. This proved to be rather difficult for reasons that will become clearer when you see the photographs: the intruder was almost perfectly camouflaged in amongst the fall colours.

I took some long range shots and yes indeed: a Great Horned Owl! The first time that I have EVER seen one so close to home.

I then tried to get closer so I took the path that passed underneath the tree... and saw nothing that remotely resembled a Great Horned Owl. Or ANY owl for that matter.... I thought he might have flown off so I walked back out, got to the previous position from where I saw him.. and he was still there! Darn.

Back in again and it took me a few minutes to finally see it: talk about great camouflage! Or maybe inept bird spotting? Definite possibility.... But this is an example of how hard it was to spot, and this was after he moved into a more open spot!

I immediately took some shots regardless of how badly it was obscured in the expectation that he would fly away before I got anything better and in the hope that it would be wasted effort and I would get something better. The first few were pretty challenging: here we have what seems to be a one eyed owl! According to the old expression I suppose he is still king in the land of the blind....

Getting better: one and a bit eyes now:

Aha, finally two eyes!

Took a lot of photographs and finally it flew off in the direction of the golf course on the other side of the dyke. I walked back onto the dyke feeling really, really fortunate and pretty buoyed up to have seen this. And the next thing, the owl decides to fly back to its spot in the tree.... right over my head! And when I say "right over my head" I actually mean like "RIGHT over my head!" As in 10feet above my head! Remarkable!

It landed in what looked like a bit more open spot so back I went under the tree. One would have thought that I have now figured out how to see the owl in the tree, right? WRONG! I looked all over and saw nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

Shees!

So out I go again... and there it still was! How embarrassing! Back in I go full of confidence and optimism and see... nothing! Again! Mortifying!

So out again, try and place the location, back in again. And FINALLY I see it!

After several minutes... actually I was there for more than half an hour!... of photographing it from all angles... well, the actually very limited angles that were possible given the dense growth, I walked off home: a very happy camper!

Some more examples:

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Alwyn

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