Friday Photos – Short-eared Owl in Glacier County, Montana

Short-eared Owl Posing prettyA Short-eared Owl posing pretty – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately, I spent last week in Montana and have been trying to catch up with work, culling images I took last week and trying to find free moments to edit some of the photos that I took.

I am always looking for the unexpected birds to show up in locations where I might not expect them them to be and this Short-eared Owl was a bit of a nice surprise. We’d never seen one near the farm in Glacier County but there it was posing as pretty as can be on a fence post.

I’d missed seeing the Short-eared Owls at Red Rock Lakes NWR; a story I’ll write about later, so this beautiful owl felt like a treasure to find. It hunted on some CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) land that has been allowed to go unplanted and has or is reverting back to the natural grasses and flora found in the area. A pretty nifty idea which I believe helps to sustain the birds and animals that may have been misplaced by the farming done in the area.

Mia

Coming soon: Flat tires, Cattle, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Glacier National Park and Short-eared Owls

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