Uprooted Magnolia

Western Screech Owl

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 12, 2013

I love this view of the Laramie River. Water flows rapidly around the bend into a pool of glass and then flows wildly over more rocks. She could use more water these days but that’s a story for another time.

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Back in those woods is a little creature I’ve tried to photograph for some time now. Whenever I’ve come upon on it, it spooks itself and me and all I get is the blur of it’s rear-end flying away.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

But this time, the elusive screech owl gave me a couple seconds to photograph him before taking off to the other side of the ranch.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Now if you’ve ever heard a screech owl, you most likely have had the ever living daylights scared straight out of you. On my first encounter, I had my arms full of groceries and while walking up to the door, a blood curdling scream pierced the dark and silent air. I couldn’t get in the house fast enough and was yelling to Patrick that someone was being murdered right there at the irrigation ditch. I just knew someone or something was dying a horrible death. He grabbed his spotlight and there it was, a screech owl perched on a cottonwood waiting for the next victim to give bad dreams.
This one in the woods didn’t screech though. I think because he wanted to be unseen in the daylight. I was glad to get these couple of images before he took off.


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  1. amazingved said, on March 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

    lovely photos. Specially the first one is brilliant

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  2. Bob Karolak said, on March 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

    What amazing photos and rare shot!! Again, not only do you capture those “special moments” Leah, but what a gift of writing!! I think there’s a book out there for you?

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    • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thank you Bob! I’d love to do a book but don’t know where to begin! One of these days…..
      So nice to hear from you!

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  3. Tom Bland said, on March 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

    This looks like a beautiful location, and fantastic photos of the owl. Great work!

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    • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Thank you! It IS a beautiful place and I’m so glad these birds of prey inhabit our little area. Thanks again!

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      • Tom Bland said, on March 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

        What lens did you use for the owl shots if you don’t mind me asking?

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      • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        I don’t mind, I shot this guy with a 150-500mm lens. It’s a 5:6 lens so it’s best used in a bright situation. Doesn’t shoot well in low light AT ALL.

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  4. Alice said, on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    How can one not love owls? Great photos–

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  5. Debbie said, on March 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Love him !!!! What great photos. We are getting back into our Macon routine.

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    • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Debbie, I knew you would!! Don’t get too comfy in your Macon routine because you’ve got to come see me soon! 🙂

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  6. Sabra Bowers said, on March 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I agree that you could have a book. I love owls and I’m very glad to hear your story and see these photos.

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    • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Awe thanks Sabra! I’ve wanted to do a book for a while now but I just don’t know where to begin.

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  7. Lenore Diane said, on March 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I am glad you were able to capture the owl, figuratively speaking. These shots are beautiful.

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    • leahyetter said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

      I don’t know what it is about owls. I just want to hold them and squeeze them and snuggle them, call them George and all that jazz. I just love watching their heads rotate and their big eyes blink. I was so glad to finally see this little fella.

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      • Lenore Diane said, on March 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

        Oh my goodness!! My husband does the “George” thing all the time, Leah! You cracked me up. Excellent reference.

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  8. txgg said, on March 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Leah. Wonderful photos. Love the owl.

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  9. Fishing and Wildlife News said, on March 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Amazing , well done 🙂

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  10. ranu802 said, on March 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    That creature is so tiny in size for it to make that kind of a sound is amazing.I’m glad it turned out to be a mere owl and not a murderer .I liked your post,thanks!

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  11. masterbias said, on March 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    LOL! I so want to hear one now.

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