Eastern Screech Owl - Grey Morph by Bill McMullen

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I discovered this little Screech Owl while photographing a Warbling Vireo earlier today. Something in the distance caught my eye so I went to investigate. While looking around I noticed a great looking tree cavity and inside was a familar profile of a sleepy Screech Owl. After spending some time there, the Owl decided to open its eyes. A big thank you to Gary Fairhead from this site for the use of his 500mm L lens. Photographed in the National Capital Greenbelt, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Canon EOS 7D, 500mm f4L IS USM + 1.4tc, 1/30s, f/8.0 at 700.0mm iso500.


eastern screech owl, ottawa greenbelt, greens creek tributary

Spending time in the outdoors has always been a passion of mine. Most of my subject matter is avian but I will readily spend hours photographing almost anything else in the natural world. Currently I live near a small town, Rockland, just east of Ottawa. I work in Ottawa and so most of my photography is done in eastern Ontario. Thank you for dropping by and enjoy.

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  • Ted Busby
    Ted Busbyabout 2 years ago

    Great find and presentation Bill….

    Oh oh….You got the 500mm bug now…

  • Thanks, Ted. Ya, I knew it might be a mistake to use it! Damn it is nice, lol…

    – Bill McMullen

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadabout 2 years ago

    Very very nice Bil…gotta love the smile he is giving youl and I think I have a similar shot ’-) A big thanks for sharing the location and lets hope he sticks around for a while.

  • Thank you, Gary. My pleasure, thanks for the use of the 500mm; it certainly gave me a much better result.

    – Bill McMullen

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentabout 2 years ago

    Nice shot Bill; he looks so well camoflaged with the bark of the tree

  • Thanks, Dan. Their natural camouflage is incredible.

    – Bill McMullen

  • Daniel Cadieux
    Daniel Cadieuxabout 2 years ago

    Nice find and photo Bill. I hear Gary has a good rental price on his lens for weekends…

  • Thanks, Dan. Yes, the price is even better on rainy days…

    – Bill McMullen

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous catch… you must have awesome eyesight!

  • Thank you, Akkra!

    – Bill McMullen

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 2 years ago

    Well spotted Bill and beautifully shot !

  • Thanks, Renee.

    – Bill McMullen

  • jamesmcdonald
    jamesmcdonaldabout 2 years ago

    Great shot Bill, The lighting is ideal. And thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks, James – anytime :)

    – Bill McMullen

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