Montana Outdoors

February 28, 2019


Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:52 pm

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl ~ Aegolius acadicus


  1. Another superb shot. These owls are the cutest ones I’ve ever seen (online, as I’ve never seen one in real life). 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — February 28, 2019 @ 11:40 pm

  2. Really pretty owl. Great detail on this photo. Very nice.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 1, 2019 @ 12:22 am

  3. WOW, awesome! I love those gorgeous, intense eyes! I was trying to make out what is reflecting in its eyes, maybe a silhouette of you off to the right?

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — March 1, 2019 @ 8:21 am

  4. There needs to be a LOVE button for this one! ❤

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 1, 2019 @ 8:56 am

  5. Look at those feathers! And those awesome eyes!!! Great photo! hugs

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    Comment by Elizabeth G Bradley — March 1, 2019 @ 11:56 am

    • Yes, isn’t he pretty! He’s only about 4 inches tall.


      Comment by montucky — March 1, 2019 @ 7:39 pm

  6. Beautiful picture. Enjoyed it immensely!

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    Comment by Anonymous — March 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

  7. That’s for sure! Nice shot!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 1, 2019 @ 4:43 pm

  8. A beautiful portrait of the owl, Montucky!

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — March 1, 2019 @ 4:51 pm

  9. I can’t stop looking at him. How close to him were you? You surely must have been using a long lens — at least, that’s what I imagine. If you weren’t, that was one accomodating owl. That’s the sort of photo that can keep me happy for days and days. If I were you, I’d keep going back to look at it myself, just to assure myself that I actually managed to capture that face.

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 2, 2019 @ 5:55 am

    • I think that will always be at the top of my favorite photos. He let me get very close. The photo was taken at a distance of about 4 feet. What a privilege it was!

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      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2019 @ 8:55 am

  10. Absolutely exquisite photo! The details are quite beautiful! So happy for you in having this visitor!

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    Comment by Tammie — March 2, 2019 @ 10:01 am

    • Thank you Tammie. The visit from this little owl will be the highlight of my year!


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2019 @ 1:32 pm

      • Hello, I just stopped by to see if you have posted. Seems you and I are not attending our blogs like we use to. I hope you are well and enjoying summer.
        All my cameras have problems. I need a new and am leaning towards a point and shoot type. Just not wanting to lug my bigger cameras and lens around.
        Can you tell me what you use and if you are happy with it? Pretty please 😉


        Comment by Tammie — July 11, 2019 @ 7:01 pm

        • Hi Tammie,
          I keep meaning to pay more attention to my blog but haven’t gotten around to it. I hope it’s just a phase though because I don’t intend to stop it just yet.

          The camera that I’m using is a Nikon D7100 and I like it but it is big and heavy and I do get tired of carrying several lenses around. The whole thing is heavy for hiking and even on back country trips with the Jeep it’s hard to keep the lenses clean and protected. I mainly get out to see and enjoy the back country and trails and photography is secondary.
          I have a Nikon 1 J5 and for the first year I loved it, It’s small and fully functional and takes excellent pictures, but then I had to have a repair made on the camera and shortly after I got it back two of the three lenses I had for it failed. Nikon no longer supports it and that whole episode made me lose confidence with Nikon. I will probably not buy that brand again. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

          Have a great summer, and I really enjoy every one of your posts!


          Comment by montucky — July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am

          • Thank you for getting back to me. I find myself using a point and shoot mostly these days, but it just died. I also am not enjoying carrying all the equipment and weight around. I will continue my search, it is hard going without a camera, so I must choose soon. Every day there are wonderful things to photograph right on my property. Lovely summer to you!


            Comment by Tammie — July 12, 2019 @ 10:49 pm

  11. How exciting! I’ve never seen one of those owls.
    Owls are just about my favorite birds! We have Great Horned Owls at both our homes. They nest in our Alberta yard. They rest in our Arizona yard.
    Your owl photos are a great incentive to me to post more of my bird photos on my bird blog:

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    Comment by Margy — March 4, 2019 @ 9:42 pm

    • You definitely should post more photos on that blog! there are a lot of bird enthusiasts who would find it interesting!


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2019 @ 11:36 pm

  12. Oh, I love that!!!! I’ve never seen that type of owl. Great photo!

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    Comment by Candace — March 6, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

    • This was the first one I’ve seen. Small and very pretty!


      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2019 @ 3:26 pm

  13. Oh he is just beautiful and he loves his photo being taken … 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 8, 2019 @ 1:08 pm

    • It’s amazing that he acted like that when he is supposed to be very nocturnal, but it sure made my day!


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2019 @ 8:16 pm

  14. Wow! What a stunning close-up! How lucky for you, montucky…what a thrill. I just looked up on that this owl is year-round in northwest Montana. They are also year-round in northern Calif. but I have never had the pleasure of this beauty. I feel lucky to have had such a close look here, thanks so much.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — March 9, 2019 @ 10:29 am

    • Yes, this was an encounter of a lifetime. I had heard of them but never before had I seen one and this one came close enough for me to touch him.

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

  15. Wow!! Absolutely stunning. Such detail, and those eyes – what beautiful birds!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 11, 2019 @ 2:19 am

  16. What an excellent closeup. It reminds me of the line from “Casablanca”: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — March 11, 2019 @ 5:43 pm

  17. It stares at me! Gorgeous shot!

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    Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 1:23 am

  18. […] of a saw-whet owl that Montucky recently posted on his blog. You can see it by clicking on the word HERE. Its eyes are yellow instead of brown like a barred owl, but the effect is the […]


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  19. Hi Montucky, So great! I love this portrait of the owl. Owls are nifty birds! Have a super good evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 9, 2019 @ 1:28 pm

  20. Amazing photo!


    Comment by Michael Andrew Just — April 20, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

  21. good

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    Comment by healthy living — August 8, 2019 @ 2:22 pm

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