An Interesting Visitor to the Platform

During the off-season of the Osprey, I’ve photographed quite a few ‘visitors’ to our Osprey nest platform besides the American Bald Eagle (my last post).  The list includes the Great Blue Heron, numerous gulls, a Mallard, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Boat-tailed Grackle, Crows, and Red-Winged Blackbird.

Looking out my window on a recent clear night, I thought I could make out a large shadow on the platform.  Cool, I thought.  I grabbed my binoculars to see if I could identify it and could make out the shape of an owl.  He never made a sound and sat there for over an hour.  I’m not able to identify what owl species.  I know we have Great Horned Owls across Marshy Creek at CBEC, so maybe a GHO?

This was the first time I’ve sighted an owl on the platform.  I gave it a shot to try and capture/document my discovery.  The photo is terrible (and it became my best, ugh!) because I’m not very good at night photography (still learning!) but I wanted to share.

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He seemed quite content perched there, and I was tickled with my capture!  🙂


12 thoughts on “An Interesting Visitor to the Platform

  1. Neat! Perhaps you can contact the CBEC Visitor Center, describe what you experienced, the time of night, and direct them to your on-line photo, They may be able to help ID the bird.

  2. Unmistakable GHO. I think the last one I photographed a couple years ago was in a similar situation at Tuttle Marsh and it was dusk. They know when they’re less visible. Great silhouette!

  3. Looks good for GHO to me! If you’re on Facebook, there’s a great page called “The Facebook Bird ID group of the world.” There’s several experts on there who are very helpful! 🙂

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