So I’m sitting here watching my favorite late night TV show. It’s actually not a show, it’s my TV and the 8 real time cameras hooked up outside that I was watching.
It’s midnight, so I’m getting ready to go to bed, and suddenly I see this “thing” sitting on one of the rocks of my bird stream. My brain tries to quickly process. Regular bird, nope, too late for that. A rat? Nope, rats don’t stand on two legs (actually they do, but a rat wouldn’t normally be standing on two legs near my bird stream). Ah, ha, it’s an Owl. My very first Owl visitor!
Here’s what was rather cool to witness. The Owl sat on the edge of my bird stream, then jumped in the bird stream, and started bathing. Oh, and before I forget, it was 108 degrees outside today and stayed above 100 degrees well after 9pm. Back to my story. So this little Owl was bathing in my bird stream.
Since it was a little Owl, there’s no doubt it was an Eastern Screech Owl. A normal person would say, well that was nice, time for bed. Not me! I grad my night vision monocular (I knew I’d find a purpose for them one day) and dash outside. I do my best Screech Owl imitation, and the bird answers me! In the monocular, I finally spot two yellow eyes staring at me. I decide to try the dumbest idea first; taking a picture with my iPhone. Needless to say, that was a bad idea.
I dash inside and grab my real camera. I’ve rarely taken night pictures, so I do my best to aim my flashlight towards the Owl, and fire off a few shots. Another bad idea as I ended up with very blurry shots. I switch to automatic mode on my camera (I never shoot in Auto mode), aim the flashlight, and snap away. The results are below.