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Eyeing an Owl
updated: Feb 06, 2013, 2:23 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

We have frequently seen this small owl. Finally remembered to take a camera today.

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 COMMENT 371492 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:29 PM

I love owls! Thank you for sharing!!

 

 COMMENT 371493 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:34 PM

Love it! Great picture.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:44 PM

Please, can you tell us where you took the photo? Thank You! Great photo by the way!

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:47 PM

Beautiful!! What a nice photo!

Burrowing? Screech?

 

 COMMENT 371504 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:58 PM

Burrowing owl was my first thought... any knowledgeable birders out there?

Oh... nice shot, OP. Thanks for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 371505 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 02:58 PM

Burrowing Owl. We have seen them out on More Mesa. Great picture, thanks for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 371510 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 03:15 PM

If you do post the location, please remind people not to approach the burrow or scare off the owl. These are protected by State law and there are not many around anymore.

 

 COMMENT 371531 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 03:47 PM

Great close up!

 

 COMMENT 371548P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 04:08 PM

Great shot! Where was he seen? Burrowing owls are becoming scarcer.

 

 COMMENT 371555P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 04:14 PM

It's a mistake to disclose locations of wildlife sightings. Just enjoy the picture. It's beautiful.

 

 COMMENT 371562P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 04:24 PM

Do not disclose the location please. Great shot. Lovely owl.

 

 COMMENT 371564P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 04:24 PM

Very nice!

There's an exhibit at the Natural History Museum now on owls and woodpeckers (photos and some taxidermy specimens).

 

 COMMENT 371576 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 04:47 PM

Yes they are getting scarce. They are rated a "rare" species with only 2-15 observed in the entire county each year.

 

 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 05:02 PM

Burrowing owl. Please do not disclose location. Enjoy these birds while you can.....

 

 COMMENT 371605P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 06:03 PM

Lovely photo; thanks for it!

Please do NOT reveal the location, much as I, too, would love to see, photograph, uhhh, "capture" the owl. Better for the creature to be safe from people, as safe as is possible. There's a reason why they are so rare.

 

 COMMENT 371629 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 06:36 PM

I have seen pigmy owls in trees right off a local trail.

 

 COMMENT 371630 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 06:36 PM

Yes, a burrowing owl. They are diurnal, unlike most owls.

 

 COMMENT 371641P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 07:29 PM

Picture of the year candidate IF Edhat had such a contest. Beautiful image/owl.

 

 COMMENT 371660 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 08:44 PM

All the "don't disclose the location" folks: If a poster is asking for an identification, they they should at least describe the habitat in which the bird was seen as this often is a very important key to identifying a bird. Local birders have a sophisticated network to share precise locations of unique species with each other. As long as watchers keep a respectful quiet distance with binoculars or zoom lenses, I think it's important to encourage the public to visit local wild areas to experience Santa Barbara's diverse wildlife. Studies show over and over that first-hand experience viewing wildlife has a profound impact on an individual's likelihood of supporting protection of wildlife species and their habitats. Tip toe out and enjoy and learn!

 

 COMMENT 371664P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 08:57 PM

I believe local birders know where this bird is located, and it has remained here as long as it has because it has been relatively left alone. People do not keep a respectful distance in all instances, and a previous bird was disturbed to the point that it left. These are extremely rare birds and deserve to be left alone.

 

 COMMENT 371667P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:05 PM

660: you have a point, but identification wasn't being asked here and quite a few identified the owl on the basis of its markings. Local knowledgeable birders probably do know where to find specific species.

People are encouraged to visit wild areas, but unfortunately too many people do not simply "tip toe out" to enjoy, but bring off leash dogs and a lack of carefulness. Posting on a public place such as this the location of a rare bird with a diminishing habitat would be asking for problems.

 

 COMMENT 371685P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:02 AM

664P and 605P: Thank you for writing out so well what I was thinking, too.

Nice shot. Now leave him alone, please.

When National Park Service poisoned Anacapa Island, Burrowing owls were "incidental" kills. Now that More Mesa and other open spaces are being bought up/developed, these little owls probably don't stand a chance. Let's all keep our distance and let them live their last years in peace . . . if at all possible.

 

 COMMENT 371691 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:33 AM

Beautiful photo! And such an impressive bird. Thank you for sharing!

 

 COMMENT 371703 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:09 AM

Nice photo. The dead-on glare is priceless. What camera/lens combo? Distance from subject?

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:34 AM

Prize worth photo, thank you. I agree with all the "don't identify location" posts. Not everyone is respectful, some just because they just don't know any better.

 

 COMMENT 371729 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:43 AM

I see that owl (or related owl) on my regular walks. It is very important to keep your dog under control- mine know where this owl live and if I didn't corral them, they would go in that direction.

 

 COMMENT 371807 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 10:24 AM

What a spectacular shot! Who cares where it was taken, just knowing that this guy exists somewhere in our community is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it and WOW did you get an amazing picture. Curious question - has anyone ever tried those "owl boxes" (that you put up in a high tree) ??? I've always wondered if that would work...

 

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