Owl Story by mrestey ()
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A fun story to share with you...
When you look at the photo of my kayak on the shore, you are facing the southern direction of our campsite. Bear with me. I have a reason for telling you this...
One night, while the wife and myself were sitting around the campfire, we heard the distant hoot of an owl off to the south of the lake. Then a distant hoot of an owl to the north behind us.
Then another hoot from the south ever so slightly closer. Then another hoot from the north just a bit closer. The sound they made sounded like someone hooting "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?".
This calling back and forth, and the steady, gradual juxtaposing of these two birds went on for some time as we sat in quiet anticipation.
Soon the owls were so close to us we were straining our eyes, peering into the dark hoping for a glimpse of these majestic nighttime birds of prey.
Then, suddenly just a couple of empty campsites away we heard one hell-of-a ruckus as the two owls met in a tree and greeted each other with what is known as caterwauling.
LOL, we had no idea at the time what was going on. We didn't know if they were fighting or mating or what. It was only later when we researched them and went to the owl show (where I took the below picture of an owl who - due to the loss of a wing cannot return to the wild) that we learned that it is a common greeting among Barred owls.
The Barred owl below is one of a number of types of owls I got shots of at a show where owls who cannot take care of themselves in the wild were featured to help educate people about these beautiful birds of the night.
I hope you enjoy this brief story and the photo.
Wait 'til you see the Eagle owl! Gorgeous & HUGE!
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OK - SOMEONE has to say it, so it might as well be me..... Sounds like that night was a real hoot! Well, now that THAT'S out of my system..... What a great shot of a magnificent bird! I think owls are just the coolest creatures. Love 'em!! This is a really neat photo - can't wait to see the eagle owl! I may just have to take you up on your offer to come to NH and camp with you. Awesome - listening to owls next to the lake and dining on lobster and rack of lamb...LOL!
You know it's funny but that happens in my house almost every night. I call from the south side of our house,"Who cooks for me." My wife calls back from the north side of our house, "You cook for yourself." We meet somewhere in the middle and one hell of a ruckus begins.