Long-eared Owl in Banff
While I didn't see any large mammals, I did have a remarkable, and unique, sighting near the start of the Sawback Burn in amongst the charred tree skeletons. As I was driving along, an odd shape on a snag caught my eye and I looked over to see a small, strange-looking owl peering back at me through the light snow. I did a quick mental checklist of owls I've seen before and none matched the description of the one looking back at me.
I snapped a few quick shots, then moved in a little closer and took this shot of the owl, still unsure of what kind of owl I was photographing.
I also managed to get some nice images of varied thrushes that were lining the Bow Valley Parkway feeding on the tiny bit of exposed grass on the edge of the road.
All in all, a successful day. Guess it pays to get up early...sometimes....
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