January 2nd, 2014

Surprise End of 2013

We went to the Netherlands over Christmas to visit friends and family. On 31 December I visited my cousin who is living in a forest region. She knew of my passion for birds and alerted me to the special guests she has in her garden: a family of a Long-Eared Owls, roosting right next door to the house in a conifer tree. In total a party of 4 owls come to roost in this tree every day, to leave for the hunt just before sunset. I had never seen these small owls before and it was very special to see them on New Year’s Eve. Fortunately I did travel with my photo-gear and was able to grab a few images of these special birds. To all visiting my blog, I wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.

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2 comments to Surprise End of 2013

  • avatar Jim Bicket

    Peter: Great Shot! As always you have the knack to being there for the good ones. Best wishes for 2014

    Jim

  • Beautiful bird and beautiful image. You did a great job of choosing your perspective. It would be easy to lose the thin branch the touches the right frame-edge. artie