Friday, October 29, 2010

Things that go Hoot in the Evening

Nothing is quite like the sound of a hooting owl in the woods.

I went for a walk at sunset at McKay Lake, and had the good fortune to spot this Great Horned Owl well up in a tree.

A bit later as I scanned the shore from a fishing dock I heard the unmistakable hooting, but it was coming from further back in the trees. After the sun dropped behind a cloud I went back to see if it was the same owl or another. I believe that the bird above was the male - the hooter - and his amorous affections were being largely ignored by the female I had seen first.

Eventually the dog walkers in the area made him quiet down a bit, and I left them to it. A great fall sound to hear, and one that is definitely appropriate during Halloween week.

1 comment:

  1. I'm envious! I have heard them here and seen the on the wing, but never had the chance for a photo! Great shots!