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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Eastern Screech-owl

Eastern Screech-owl
(South Bristol, NY 5/12)
It is funny how "Camera Trap Karma" works. I have only ever captured one image of an owl before after years of camera trapping. That was back in May of this year and I promptly forgot about it (I didn't even blog about it!). That photo was taken as part of class I teach each summer and my technician was a former student, avid camera trapper and blogger. For whatever reason (I haven't asked) she thought of that image and decided to blog about it yesterday. See that post here.

I checked my cameras last night and lo and behold obtained my second capture of an owl, this one also an Eastern Screech-owl.

Notice that in this recent image, the screech-owl is on the ground. That is the edge of our backyard pond. I wonder if the large number of frogs drew him in. Or was it the insects?
Eastern Screech-owl
(Seneca Falls, NY 9/12)

I had the Attack set to take a 30-second video. Nothing super special.... the owl scratches and moves a little closer to the water. But it gets the imagination going. I watched a Barred Owl catch a frog in south Florida about 12 years ago and I sure would have liked to have a video of this guy doing the same....

3 comments:

  1. Yeah, I remember hearing talk about this photo from field camp, I don't recall however seeing the photo. Not a bad picture though of the screech owl from camp. Geeze John how could you not post about such a blog worthy event. haha. Anyways, I definitely knew who you were talking about right away, camera trapping enthusiast and blogger describes Alyssa perfectly, she is missed around these parts. :)

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  2. How strange for that owl to show up in front of your set this week, when we've been talking about the one from field camp all week! So neat.

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  3. An interesting mystery, for sure. Along with hunting, it might be coming down for baths. One of my cam traps caught a great horned taking a late-night splash in a small pool a few years back.

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