I’ve been going out to the desert for scrapbooking weekend retreats for a few years now - at least since 2012. I’ve heard stories of the owls who nest in the large tree just in front of the main house. But they’ve been elusive for me. For a while, they nested elsewhere. So, when packing my things ~ including camera gear, because, you know, the photographer within ~ I picked up my long lens… and put it back down. I had been taking it for years and never used it. So this time I left it home.
And this time, the owls were back!! We could hear their “hoo hoo” calls in the morning & evening. A few of us saw them, but I just couldn’t spot them by myself. Renate showed me where the nest was - with the two juveniles inside!! Such a sight. The big eyes and curious looks were directed right at us. Just amazing fluffy little gremlins. Even though they were still young & in the nest, they can fly.
No sight of the parents this time. I did see one fly just before dinner on Saturday. Gliding with wings outstretched ~ WOW!! Grace and smoothness and danger.
After that, every time I walked by the tree I looked up. Probably not the best thing to do while walking but I managed not to trip. And I spotted them again. One of the adults and one of the juveniles just hanging out on a branch. They looked at me, not really concerned but certainly curious. They are magnificent! And big. And their heads do really swivel around sooo far. There’s a photography saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. Same with lenses… so the best lens was the longest I had with me. Not ideal, but at least I have photos to remind me of the beauty of these creatures.
Moral of the story ~ expect the unexpected, look up, be present to the world, and always take the long lens!
These owl photos are available as prints in my Nature and Fine Art gallery store. For details click HERE.