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Feb 04, 2012 01:39 |  #1

Hi, we woke up this morning and this owl sat just outside my front door. Zoomed in, because a 70mm doesn't go far. Zoomed about 50% and taken at 1/80 and F5.6.


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Feb 04, 2012 01:43 |  #2

Another view a few minutes later: Sleeping


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Feb 04, 2012 03:01 |  #3

About an hour later, and the sun moved. 100% crop.


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Feb 04, 2012 03:26 |  #4

Sleeping and just sitting around isn't enough - we also need to do some stretching and cleaning


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Feb 04, 2012 03:42 |  #5

During the morning the grey loeries spotted the owl and made their "kwe" sound while sitting slightly above the owl. Trying to warn all the others about this predator.


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Feb 04, 2012 04:18 |  #6

Later in the day, some crested barbets arrived and the loeries kept up their song:

Grey Loerie: http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Grey_Go-away-bird (external link)
Crested Barbet: http://www.koedoeberg.​co.za/Birds_2.html (external link)

Our owl sat there, and this was 5 hours later:


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Feb 04, 2012 04:30 |  #7

Here is one of the "Go away birds" :-)


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Feb 04, 2012 05:37 |  #8

More than six hours later and we turn around :-)


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Feb 04, 2012 06:09 |  #9

Great "action series" David! Or non-action series ;) Neat big bird to have perched in your yard. I see they have the same level of activity as eagles at times ;)


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Feb 04, 2012 07:14 |  #10

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Great "action series" David! Or non-action series ;) Neat big bird to have perched in your yard. I see they have the same level of activity as eagles at times ;)

Yes, and it is now more than 8 hours later and the sun is halway down to the horizon again. This guy had a good nap between 14hoo and 15hoo.


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Feb 04, 2012 08:09 as a reply to  @ David Ransley's post |  #11

i wish i could see an owl
nice pictures, especially with a 70mm!



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Feb 04, 2012 08:11 |  #12

Don't ya hate it when an Owl lands in your yard and won't go away! Pests! LOL Great series you are lucky. Thanks for sharing them.


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Feb 04, 2012 09:03 |  #13

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Don't ya hate it when an Owl lands in your yard and won't go away! Pests! LOL Great series you are lucky. Thanks for sharing them.

:-) Yes :-)

I didn't want to miss a moment. The latter part of the day it slept again and then flew away at 16h30. Whished I had something longer. Still saving for my 70-200. Two last captures:


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Feb 04, 2012 09:12 |  #14

Very cool. His night is our day so he is getting his rest for the nights activities. Hopefully he will be a regular. Great shots.


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Feb 04, 2012 09:43 |  #15

Candor wrote in post #13823778 (external link)
Very cool. His night is our day so he is getting his rest for the nights activities. Hopefully he will be a regular. Great shots.

We noticed him for a while and are planning an owl house. These birds nest easily in houses prepared for them as long as it is 4 meters from the ground. Hopefully we will attract a breeding pair.

When I walked out, we noticed a made a short journey to our roof.


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