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Old 01-03-2007, 02:24 PM
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I really bet those little mice thought yall were "compassionate fellows"
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:25 PM
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jeff, live. They started freezing soon after we set them out. If the owl didn't come in 10 minutes they slowed down to almost no movement.

yote, my camera shoots at 5 frames per second and there is no shutter lag.

By the way, the owls' senses are amazing. We had set out a mouse for an owl at a 12 o'clock location from us. We had noticed a second owl off to our left in a tree but it was at least 300 yards away so we ignored it (too far away). When we were watching the first owl through the viewfinders of our cameras, the owl off to our left swooped in and grabbed our mouse without us being prepared to get the shot.

A white mouse on white snow at 300 yards!
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:02 AM
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Those are some very beautiful pic's, no matter how you slice them. THe one of the incoming owl with the yellow blazing eyes is very deep to say the least. Thanks for posting them.

I once looked over my shoulder, while sitting at the base of a small tree at our farm, as a great horned owl came past literally sideways to avoid hitting the tree I was sitting under, on his way to disrupt the breakfast of a fox squirrel. The amazing part was that he was so close to me as he passed. He couldn't have been more than a foot higher than my head, with his wingtip. Wakes you up really fast to look up and see two fist sized orange talons and what looks like a brown bush coming at you at seemingly mach 2.

yotefever,
Nice pair of Eagles. Very powerful birds indeed.
I also know what you mean about the squeeler, found that out the hard way as well. Also with an owl hoot, they are sometimes very territorial and will want to run the opposition off no matter how big you are.

One other tidbit, don't go tromping through the woods at night wearing a sock hat with one of those white fuzzy's on the top either. Your just asking for a very unpleasant encounter. (white mouse at 300yds) Never tried that one myself, but always remember it as the fellow who explained it to me learned the hard way.
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Wakes you up really fast to look up and see two fist sized orange talons and what looks like a brown bush coming at you at seemingly mach 2.

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Had same experience, only with a golden eagle [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] Which BTW I haven't seen any of in years.

Me thinks Elmer took them with him.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:41 PM
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Very nice pics Len. Birds of prey are amazing. Your feeding the owls becoming a help for the pics is of course not a coincidence.. they can easily sense where they can be helped for food .
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I've used the picture of the one flying diretly at the camera as background on my computer. It reminds me of a face to face experience I once had in the pine forest of Central Oregon. Them buggers have 6 foot wingspan.
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Len,

Excellent photography! Thanks... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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