Found this guy long after he had spotted me, but he was brave, I got within about 10’ without his moving and shot probably 40 pics over the course of a couple hours (as I kept coming back).

These owls are “sit and wait” predators, dropping from a perch onto their prey. They feed mainly on that which is most available and may include insects, small mammals, birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, and crayfish. Their lifespan is up to 13 years.

Measurements & Weights:
Wingspan: 18 – 24 in.
Length: 7.5 – 11 in.
Tail: 3.5 in.
Average Weights:
Male: 5.4 oz.
Female: 6.6 oz.

Thanks for looking : )


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  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 6 years ago

    This is an awesome capture. You must have been thrilled to get so many shots!

  • lol… That’s an understatement : ) He just sat there for hours & I kept coming back just to get a couple more shots – just in case. Thank you, kindly.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlabout 6 years ago

    Wow!!!!! Great shot!!!!!!!!!!

  • Very much appreciated, SG!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • lianne
    lianneabout 6 years ago

    What an absolutely incredible shot Daniel – this is just spectacular! How fortunate you were! Perfect setting, perfect composition – wow!!!

  • I really appreciate the nice comments, lianne. Apparently the Wild Nature Group feels a bit differently about the shot – C’est la vie.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • lianne
    lianneabout 6 years ago

    You have to be kidding Daniel! Sometimes I wonder about these groups – I had a shot turned down too for reasons I don’t understand. But there is a bird group – two in fact – that would love this Birds and Creatures of Flight is one, and the other is Birds-of-Prey/Raptors. Please consider putting them up there.

  • Thank much, I did submit to the “birds-of-prey” so we’ll see : ) Again, thank you for the support!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 6 years ago

    I just love those yellow eyes….. You are so lucky!
    Awesome shot Dan!!

  • Agreed, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good : ) Thank you very much, Kimberly.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichabout 6 years ago

    Awesome capture! The color and clarity are amazing. Superb composition.

  • Most kind, thanks greatly, Gregory!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 6 years ago

    Great shot, wonderful clarity.

  • Very much appreciated, Al.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 6 years ago

    very well done… nice lighting and composition

  • Thanks very much, G!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • sharonw
    sharonwabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful bird, wonderful shot. Love those eyes

  • Thanks kindly, Sharon.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • jansnow
    jansnowabout 6 years ago

    Wow, wonderful photo and very interesting info too! Great job Daniel!!

  • Thank you very much, Jan : )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

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