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The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a very small, short-bodied, Owl with a relatively short tail. The overly large head has no ear tufts and may appear distorted due to an asymmetrical skull. They look small when perched and tend to shuffle their feet, but in flight appear larger because of their broad wings. Northern Saw-whet Owls are strictly Nocturnal, with activity beginning at late dusk. During the day, they depend on plumage for camouflage when roosting in foliage, usually close to the ground. When threatened, a Saw-whet Owl will elongate its body in order to appear like a tree branch or bump, often bringing one wing around to the front of the body. Northern Saw-whet Owls inhabit coniferous and deciduous forests, with thickets of second-growth or shrubs. They occur mainly in forests with deciduous trees, where woodpeckers create cavities for nest sites. Breeding habitat is usually swampy or wet, rather than dry. Riparian habitat is often preferred.

Canon 50D, EF100-400@400, f5.6, 1/80, ISO 320

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Comments

  • KLPJPhoto
    KLPJPhotoabout 4 years ago

    They have such amazing eyes. What a beautiful bird. Another stunning shot.

  • Thanks so much Ken :) These owls are so small they’re hard to find, but so worth it when you do.

    – Micci Shannon

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

    LOL sorry about that.. This is amazing!! beautifully captured! Perfect details, clarity, and D0F!!! Truely stunning!!!!

  • LOL! Thank you both!! And thank you for the fav as well :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture Micci! The details are awsome.

  • Thanks so much Sherry!

    – Micci Shannon

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait!

  • Thank you so much Bill!

    – Micci Shannon

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. Beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Joycelone!

    – Micci Shannon

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 4 years ago

    here’s a 10, crisp…….

  • WOW! Thank you VERY much Dennis! Your comment and fav mean a lot to me :)

    – Micci Shannon

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot

  • Thank you very much Jeff

    – Micci Shannon

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot Micci, excellent focus on the eye and detail in the surrounding feathers!

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment Martin. Means a lot!

    – Micci Shannon

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