My day was complete when I took hundreds of pictures of this adorable little Owl, the Short Eared Owl, lovingly called ‘shortie” by the locals. He is tiny and yet very aggressive when it comes to his hunting territory. He was very obliging, and let me get very close for some intimate portraits. They are quite common around Boundary Bay; their habitat are wet meadows, costal marshes and agricultural fields. They are nomadic and highly migratory; they hunt low over fields, mostly at dawn or dusk. They locate their prey by sight or sound, hovering before pouncing rapidly, capturing with talons. They nest on the ground, and have as many as 10 young. The babies leave within two weeks of being born.
Boundary Bay seems to be a haven for them, every year they are at the rendez vous, giving us photographers a lot of joy!
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