Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Captures...Northern Saw-whet Owl

A tip, along with some whitewash & pellets on the sidewalk, helped me locate this adorable little owl. He/she was pretty low in the branches overhanging the sidewalk, so I was able to get some pretty close shots. It's obvious this little cutie wasn't at all threatened by my presence. I knew these were small owls, but I was unprepared for just how small they are. I assume this is a male because he was on the lower side of the size scale. (Size: Length 17 to 21.9cm (6.7-8.6") Wingspan 45.9 to 56.3cm (18.1-22.2")Weight 75-110g (2.6-3.9oz) - Females are slightly larger than males.) He was so cute, I could hardly stand it! This was my first encounter with one of these owls and it was very exciting.

I hope you enjoy this image. To see more of the images I took, please CLICK HERE to see them in their gallery. You can see them larger there, too. If you want to order prints, check out my Birds of Prey gallery in my Print Galleries. For more information on the Northern Saw-whet owl, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Woodpecker Design Examined

The woodpecker is a fantastic testament to the proof of an amazing Creator. This article I found, from the Institute for Creation Research, explains how...

"When boring into wood in search of food, a woodpecker exerts so much force with each strike that its beak should crumble, its skull should crack, and its brain should be reduced to mush. However, a suite of design features absorbs the shock and ensures that these tragedies do not happen. How are these features able to provide such effective protection?"

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sharpie-On the Hunt

This is not the greatest quality shot by any means, since I took it hand-held through my living room window, but I still like it. There have been many sharp-shinned and cooper's hawks hunting in our yard this winter. A couple of American Kestrels, too. One day there was a hawk in the yard nearly the whole day. It's a lot of fun to watch and a challenge to capture with my camera...

I have more images for viewing and purchase, in my Birding Galleries and Print Galleries.


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