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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/18/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

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Western Screech Owl

(Megascops kennicottii)

Where: Socorro County, NM • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: One very cold morning, as we slowly crept along northward on the wildlife loop trail at Bosque Del Apache NWR, something seemed peculiar about a large Willow Tree near the left side of the road. I was not sure what it was. It had fresh wood showing where a large branch had recently broken off, but that in itself is not very unusual. There seemed to be a hole where the branch once connected, but that is not strange either. Willows have soft heartwood and are occasionally hollow. The spot where the hole was, appeared to have bark covering it, now that was strange. There should be a black hole there. Bark on the inside of a tree? What? So we stopped and investigated. A closer look revealed the source of this oddity. A well camouflaged nine inch tall, little owl was plugging the opening. It peeked at us a couple of times, but quickly returned to its daytime slumber. We assumed it was perched in the opening to bask in the warmth of the mid-morning sunlight, that warmed that side of the tree. Here is another good example of why it is so advantageous to wildlife to leave dead or damaged trees alone when possible. They become apartment complexes for all sorts of critters.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Manfroto Tripod

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/640 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~18 Feet • Date Shot: 12-13-12

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