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 Post subject: Owls and Kitty Cat
PostPosted: Mar 12 3:07 pm 
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With all the crazy weather this winter the snow has finally melted away to able to get out into the woods, the low snow pack has apparently pushed many critters and owls down to lower elevations in search of food. Last week started off shooting pygmy owls, to be interrupted by a female cougar calling out for a mate. I managed one distant shot of her through the trees but did get an awesome audio recording of her calling you can listen here if interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Konj3IezXPU

So after that excitement I obviously have been heading out that way most days since (weather permitting) in hopes of getting a clearer view of her but no luck other then a few tracks. But not to be disappointed because I did manage to find two Northern Saw Whet Owls along with a number of calling Northern Pygmy Owls a great week to be sure.
Here are some of my favourites

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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Wow, so cool to have actually seen a cougar in the wild. Congrats on getting a shot of her, take care out there, she may not always be announcing herself!

Now on to the owls, an excellent series, love the first two Saw Whets especially the sleepy one.

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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What a great series of photographs. Well done.

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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Stunning series

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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Great series!

So lucky to get a sighting of a cougar, such mysterious animals!

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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Fantastic series of photos of our beautiful small owls!

Wow, that Cougar calling for it's mate is incredible!
Mating can happen anytime of year, and males can be hundreds of kilometers away as well!

Great post Stuart!

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 Post subject: Re: Owls and Kitty Cat
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Fantastic! Love the recording of the cougar - that must have been amazing! And stunning owl shots.

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Gorgeous Owl images but to see a cougar in the wild and to actually get a photo is fantastic.

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Great set. Cheers.

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