Montana Outdoors

December 25, 2010

An early Christmas present

Filed under: Birds, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:40 am

Pigmy Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl, Glaucidium gnoma

One of my favorite Christmas presents actually came yesterday when this beautiful little wild creature tolerated my presence at close range for a full four minutes and posed so nicely for me all the while. He abruptly ended the session when he launched from his perch atop a Mullein stalk, flew like a dart into a small clump of brush about 40 feet away and caught a vole for his supper. This photo was taken at a distance of about 20 feet and the image is approximately life-size: the photo has not been cropped. It’s difficult for me to imagine a much better gift!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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