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Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

Tucson Arizona

“The Elf Owl is a tiny, short-tailed, owl of the arid southwestern United States and Mexico. They have round heads with no ear tufts. Plumage is brownish-grey overall, and is washed with white on the belly and cinnamon on the face.
A nocturnal bird. They sit fairly erect and have a knock-kneed stance. Flight is somewhat bat-like, but not as erratic. When danger approaches, an Elf Owl straightens its body, covers its lighter underparts with one wing, then turns its head and peers over the bent wing with the top of its eyes. They are not very aggressive, preferring to fly away rather than fight.”

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  • Jeff VanDyke
    Jeff VanDykeabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Thanks Jeff!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorover 4 years ago

    Great image!

  • Thanks Laurie!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Dorothea Baker
    Dorothea Bakerover 4 years ago

    absolutely adorable! what kind of bird is it?

  • Thanks so much Fleur … I believe it is an Elf Owl (taken in Tucson, Arizona)

    – Kirstyshots

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much – Much appreciated!!!! (and thanks again for the emails :)

    – Kirstyshots

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 4 years ago

    Very nice work! Congrats on your challenge win!!

  • Thanks Angie!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    Lovely capture! Excellent clarity, DoF, and detail!

  • Thanks a bunch!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! cool title and I just love the little guy.

  • Thanks so much! (wonder what he’s thinking there … )

    – Kirstyshots

  • serendip
    serendipover 4 years ago

    He’s obviously quite scathing of photographers – but you got a lovely shot. Congratulations on yur challenge win – Well deserved.

  • Thanks a bunch!

    – Kirstyshots

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 4 years ago

    stunning composition and capture!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Kirstyshots

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