Owl Prowl Day

Today I wasn’t feeling to well, so I decided to get some outdoor therapy to help me get through. Boy, am I rusty. I had lots of photo ops this morning, but the results were less than stellar. I guess it happens when you don’t shoot a lot. I probably should have wiped the dust off the lens. Most of the shots today were shot out the right side window, which that’s a problem to start with.

There are two different coyotes pictured below. Neither one of them were scared of me. The first few eagle shots were at the canon tree and the last three were took at the river. While at the river, I took a pic of the boat (last pic). I don’t know what disturbed me most, the dog driving the boat or the person looking out the window.

Tonight at the park is the owl program at the visitor center. I have never had a chance to go to any of these, so it might be my night. At least, if I go, I am quarantined an owl shot. Plus, I just might learn something to help me figure out the nocturnal varmints. I will pass along anything useful I learn. It starts @ 7, everyone is welcome.

UPDATE I went to the owl program presented by the park tonight. It was very informative and interesting. A great job by all. What did I learn? Owls are stupid. Their skull is full from their big eyes  –  no room left for a brain. LOL, Now you know.

The first pic is an eastern screech owl who was rescued after getting hung in a fence.



The owls got put on hold because an eagle was spotted at the river pull-off. I sat and waited until dark, thinking it might get a fish. It waited til dark and then flew straight toward the Indian Mounds before banking right and headed toward the nest. I looked for owls on the way out, but it was already to dark to shoot.


Ghost Snake

My intentions this evening were to go to the cemetery and shoot owls. I arrived a little early so I made a loop. When I got to the bloody pond, there were 4 gobblers. One was strutting. My camera was still in the bag. When I took it out, the lens fogged over and I missed that shot. Several fawns were seen. The shot of the fawns in the road were shot through my jeeps dirty front windshield. I made it to the cemetery. Right in the middle of the graveyard, there were several small song birds attacking a tree. I went to investigate, thinking it may be a coon or an owl, but oh no, it wasn’t. It was the dreaded black mamba (just a guess). I evacuated the cemetery immediately.  I made another loop through the park. The last 2 deer pics were at Indian Mound area and it was dark. They took their new little fawn into that swampy snake hole on the left. When I got back to visitor center, I stopped and listened for owls, but didn’t hear, so I put my camera back in the bag. When I passed the TW tree, there was an owl right in the top. Had to get camera back out and it was already dark, about 8:00. Shot from the safety of inside my jeep.