Leap Day Northern Saw-whet Owl. by Daniel Cadieux

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A lucky find as I was actually on the lookout for waxwings when I came across a tree alive with seemingly stressed-out nuthatches and chickadees. Sure enough an investigation of the tree revealed a classic Northern Saw-whet Owl mobbing scene!!

Photographed February 29th (hurray for leap year!!) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Canon 7D + 100-400L @200mm, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 1/200s., f/6.3, ISO 800, flash at -0.3 FEC.


owl, saw whet, sleeping, raptor, evergreen, forest, ottawa, bird, wildlife

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  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenover 2 years ago

    Great image, Dan! You certainly have a way with this species :)

  • Thanks Bill!

    – Daniel Cadieux

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 2 years ago

    What a fantastic find Daniel!!!

  • Thanks Heather, I was pleased with this find for sure!

    – Daniel Cadieux

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentover 2 years ago

    Very nice find and capture….Again!!

  • Thanks Dan, again!

    – Daniel Cadieux

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 2 years ago

    Remarkable capture, Daniel!

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 2 years ago

    Oops..forgot something. :o)

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work. Gorgeous

  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaover 2 years ago

    Fantastic find & capture of this beautiful little owl!!!

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    He’s a cutie…owls are so special!

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    How sweet . . . a beautiful image!!

  • Angie66
    Angie66over 2 years ago


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