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Rare Visitor

Rare Visitor
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-11 3:46
Viewed: 3988
Points: 50
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Hi All,
This Eastern Screech Owl is a rare visitor to Alberta but we have had this one being sighted for the last couple of years. He was not sighted for 7 months early this year and we though he had moved on but he returned in September.

Eastern Screech-Owl
Megascops asio

General Description

By Jim Davis

The Eastern Screech-owl is an extremely rare visitor to Alberta. Historical records generally have not distinguished the Western from the Eastern Screech-owl, and the two combined, have only been seen in Alberta about once every decade. Their ranges overlap only in Eastern Colorado and Texas. These very rare occurrences are widely distributed from Waterton Lakes to Lesser Slave Lake. There is one record of a pair nesting in Banff in 1897.

For the period 1897 to 1986 the following undifferentiated sitings have occurred: Banff, Pigeon Lake, Belvedere, Waterton Lakes (2), Swan Hills, Lesser Slave Lake, Cardston, Lethbridge (2). One specimen from Edmonton has been identified as Eastern. The Eastern Screech-Owl is a nocturnal woodland owl of eastern: Mexico, United States, and Canada, where it is generally restricted to southern; Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. Throughout its range it is a permanent resident and does not migrate.

Its diet consists of insects and rodents.

Nesting sites are in tree cavities, farm buildings, and nest boxes. Three to four or as many as six, white to creamy white eggs are incubated for 28 days, fledging in 28 days.

from Weaselhead.org

zulfu, siggi, ellis49, Argus, nagraj, uleko, Alex99, nglen, eqshannon, pekkavalo1, angela926, Jamesp, jaycee, CeltickRanger, xTauruSx, maurydv, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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Hello, Rick,
Superb! I like your work! Very funny shot!
Fine colours! How long distance between you and owl?TFS!
Best wishes from Ural,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-11 4:14]

Hello Rick
superb shot of this owl in his nest. Wonderful composition and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-11 4:36]

Hello Rick
This is a great find and a nice shot of this Eastern Screech-Owl.
Very well done!! TFS
Best regards

Hello Rich,
it's always nice to find rare birds, This one look a bit sleepy
in the daylight.;-)
Not easy to see, well camouflaged with the same colours of the tree. Nice colours and fine details.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-11 4:59]

Hello Rick,
A wonderful capture of an Eastern Screetch Owl from your archives. The tecnical quality is great, giving us a fine view of the owl in its tree hole, as well as the fine bark of the old tree.
Thanks for sharing this delight Rick,

il fallait le voir et en plus tu l'as bien pris!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-11 6:16]

Hi Rick,
Very beautiful image, capturing the owl so deep in its sleep in nest hole. Good composition with bit of sky for relief which adds some colors here. A vertical image with nothing but the trunk and nest hole too would be great to see. Just imagining. tfs.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-11 6:28]

Hello Rick,
Brilliant to find this well camouflaged little Owl in its hollow! I'm glad it returned to you and that you got this excellent image! Very sharp details and a fine composition in nice natural colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Rick

You must have owl radar.
Another beautiful capture.This is a well composed capture of this little eastern screech owl.The plumage details are excellent.
Wonderful texture and sharpness.
Well done.



Well, this guys seems to fit right into his surroundings. I am sure it would be really easy to walk by and never see him. Good job. I like how your picture shows this owl blending into the background. TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-11 7:46]

Hi Rick.
What a cute scene and charming owl. Lights and colouration of the shot are amazing as well as whole scene. I am impressed with similarity of bird and bark coloration. Bravo. Superb, lovely for looking job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-11 10:35]

Hello Rick,
I remember you posted this photo before, but in a crop. I like this one more. It's in a beautiful composition now and the sharpness and colours are better.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-11 12:12]

Hi Rick. A fine close view of this sleepy Owl. It colours blend in so well with the tree trunk. I exspect you were pleased to see its return to the same tree. well done TFS.

Really rare?! Wow..I think Asbed may have some simialr to this...not sure if the same or not but simialr to sticking its head out of the knot...Neat image..The tree makes the frame perfect...Hey guy! get ready! It is coming! snowy weekend ahead!

Hi Rick,
Very good capture of Eastern Screech Owl in its natural habitat. Great POV and composition, sharp details, nice sleepy impression. Well spotted and captured!

Hello Nick,
Fantastic capture of this owl, he almost perfectly blends in to hid surroundings! wonderful composition and pov, beautiful natural colors and sharpness.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-11 14:26]

Hi Rick

Excellent posting - a lovely composition - 'classic' pose and greta detail.


This is sweet Rick. It is such a classic shot... an owl in a perfect owl hole in a tree. How fun to find a subject so close to home. I like this shot a lot and of course my husband is green with envy!

Evelynn : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-11 17:03]

Hi Rick,

If there's an owl in Alberta you will find it! I can't get over the wonderful birds and animals you find. How wonderful to see him in his house in the tree. Poor thing is so tired he can't keep his eyes opened. The owl is marvelous - with wonderful colors and sharpness. A spectacular shot!!!!


hello Rick

excellent close-up shot of this superb camouflaged bird,
with fine POV, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Rick, Superb shot of this cute owl in its nest Beautiful colours. Very good POV and composition.

Ciao Rick,
spettacolare immagine di Assiolo catturato con ottima definizione in questa straordinaria cornice del cavo di questo albero, molto belli i colori che evidenziano bene il mimetismo del piumaggio.

Hi My dear friend Rick, what aperfect capture in all around. The sleeping owl in his nest seems happy. Very cute posture and lovely composition. TFS.

great cokposition and sharpness, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-13 15:24]

Lovely photo, Rick!
Superb composition.
Excellent sharpness.
I like how cosy the owl looks in his home :-)

Very well done,

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