Went back yesterday and found my little friend again.
A Short Eared Owl.
In fact he tends to perch on the exact same cattail often. The only problem is that in as many days as I have seen the Owl the word is out! Cars everywhere. Photographers out in numbers. I still had a slight advantage. I sat and waited at this particular spot. Soon enough he came back several times. The crowds followed him up and the down the dikes in their cars like lemurs. I just sat and anticipated his approach. A little secret….SHHHH….just below the cat tail in the deep rush is where he goes to eat his captures. A nest? Seclusion? I’m not sure. But I am definitely ahead of the pack. If you compare the photographs form Friday you’ll note in the left bottom corner the bent cattail. That’s how I first noticed he was landing in the same place. Then I watched as he would fly low with a snack and stop on the lake side (out of view) of the deep rush. What a beautiful animal.
Here are two photographs of the Owl on the cat tail. One is slightly out of focus. But I like it enough to share.
By the way. I had another incredible find last night…..stay-in-touch……..