Screech-owls hunt from perches in semi-open landscapes. They prefer areas which contain old trees with hollows; these are home to their prey which includes insects, reptiles, small mammals such as bats and mice and other small birds. Screech-owls have a good sense of hearing which helps them locate their prey in any habitat. They also possess well-developed raptorial claws and a curved bill, both of which are used for tearing their prey into pieces small enough to swallow easily. They usually carry their prey back to their nests, presumably to guard against the chance of losing their meal to a larger raptor.
Taken in west Ottawa, Ont, Canada with Canon 40D and 300 2.8 lens

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  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 4 years ago

    Too cute, well done!

  • Thanks Byron

    – Jim Cumming

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Aww, Jim. Wish I had a penny for every time I tried to catch them in their hollows. beautiful work

  • Thanks Maureen….I tried about 5 times before so that makes a nickel for me :)

    – Jim Cumming

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    LOL.. loving your work.. looking through it now. Great!!!

  • Thank you again Maureen

    – Jim Cumming

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago
  • invisibletrees
    invisibletreesover 4 years ago

    How wonderful! I love this! x

  • Thank you invisibletree

    – Jim Cumming

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. We need the exact location of where photos were taken so they can be placed in Wild Nature Photography and Writting.

  • Done…thanks Carol

    – Jim Cumming

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    too cute!! what great camo!! nice capture :)

  • Thanks very much Jenny

    – Jim Cumming

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerover 4 years ago

    I think I like this one even better! This little fella sure has a great home! Another fantastic capture Jim.

  • Thank you very much Lisa

    – Jim Cumming

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Super shot. Loving the eyes!

  • Thanks again Lee-Anne

    – Jim Cumming

  • André Berger
    André Bergerover 4 years ago

    Wow, great! Wonderful texture!

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