I hope you will forgive my indulgence in showing you photos of the same owl, in very similar poses. I was just so elated to see the Little Owl, when we were traveling the dirt roads of the Alvor Estuary. We were in the car, when I saw something dark fly up into what I thought must be a tree, as our vision was obscured by some tall bushes, and it was still some distance away. With care I walked slowly to where I thought it must have landed, but saw nothing, and then as I looked towards an old Pylon, there in the darkness of a small recess sat the owl. He was looking at me, with those large eyes, and I took these shots as quickly as I could, for fear he would fly away.
The Little Owl Athene noctua
This little Owl is about the same size as a thrush.
It hunts at dusk but can be seen perched on fence posts, or high wires etc during daylight.
his penetrating stare was so intense,....
as his piercing eyes met mine...
but he is just so adorable and..
it was a lucky encounter that...
I will never forget!
I'D RATHER B BIRDIN, WILD BIRD WEDNESDAYS