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The Owl and the Butterfly

Here's two of the animal photos from the Midwest trip. The butterfly was one of many on the prairie; it was a good year for milkweed.



Not sure what kind of owl this is, but it was at least 40 cm tall. Wingspan is tough to gauge; maybe a meter or so.

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mouseferatu
Jun. 30th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Love the second picture, but then, I've always had a thing for owls. Not sure why.

Do you mind if I make an LJ icon out of it?
the_monkey_king
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
No objection at all! I'd love to see the icon.
mouseferatu
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Well, I doubt it'll be anything more than a cropped and shrunk version of the owl--graphics programs and I are not friends--but I'll show you what I come up with. :-)
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the_monkey_king
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm a fan of all things owlish, but my only prior sighting was at night, when one flew across the road. Spooked me a bit, but it's burned into my brain.

They do look like they have some answers and just wish you were bright enough to ask the right question, don't they? Smug bastards. :)
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the_monkey_king
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Hugely exciting. We saw the same roosting pair on two consecutive days. They loved the stand of trees behind the great-aunt's place, the fat squirrels, and the large bird bath.

Shelly's great aunt says she's seen them bathing in the bath, but we just saw them drinking. Wonderful to see them, even just briefly.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 1st, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Owls
That is a barred owl, similar to one we spotted near our workplace down in Bellevue. According to the Wiki, they are seen during the day if they are hunting for their young.

Jeff G.
the_monkey_king
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Re: Owls
Lots of prey for them, and it was a pair, so... It fits. Lovely animals.
scarlettina
Jul. 1st, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Terrific pictures--love the owl.

If I'd known you were a fan of All Things Owlish, I would have pushed you to the Screech Owl NestCam, which is sadly now out of season and down until next spring. It was wonderful watching the owlets hatch and fledge. I shall have to send you a couple of screen grabs I took when they were beginning to look more like owls than animated balls of fluff.
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