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Old May 2, 2014, 8:36 PM   #1
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It is spring and there are a pair of owls in the neighborhood who are calling back and forth to eachother every night. Last night it started close to sunset and as it happened we spotted this guy about 50 feet up in a big white pine. Shot with the 70-300mm and heavily cropped. Didn't want to get closer as the owl was already aware of my presence and I was not prepared to go into the woods (lyme disease carrying dear tics are a big problem).

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This creature is beautiful and fairly big which is why my cats are indoor only cats I cringe at the idea of this bird carrying off my little blue-eyed girl thinking she's a fat rabbit (45mm f1.8)

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Old May 2, 2014, 9:14 PM   #2
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Good eye not only to spot the owl but to be able to capture it as well. Yes keep Maya inside, she's far to good lucking to go up against that owl.
So you have lyme disease in your neck of the woods -- I didn't think it would be as far north as your vicinity. Hoping this winter will have knocked the tics back a bit.
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Very nice shot
Very Good job on the focus with all the branches in the way
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I always wanted to get a photo of an owl. Nice job. Great cat eye's too.
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Good eye not only to spot the owl but to be able to capture it as well. Yes keep Maya inside, she's far to good lucking to go up against that owl.
So you have lyme disease in your neck of the woods -- I didn't think it would be as far north as your vicinity. Hoping this winter will have knocked the tics back a bit.
Yes unfortunately tics are big time Lyme's disease carriers, two springs in a row I have had to get tested and do a cycle of antibiotics. They also carry aniplasmosis (sp?) which nearly took Sandy out last fall and led to the discovery of her spleen issue. My grandfather in law also ended up in the hospital with aniplasmosis from a tic bite, it progresses rather rapidly and can be very serious. So now when ever I go into the woods I tuck my pants into my socks and take a shower that night with a thorough tic check. It is a shame as I remember as a kid spending lots of time in the woods and now its just not safe.

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Very nice shot
Very Good job on the focus with all the branches in the way
Thanks it was one of 10 shots I took trying to get in focus, I think I focused on the pine tree first and then with focus locked I recomposed on the owl for this one.

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Thanks chiPersei, it is rare to see an owl in the day so they are hard to capture. I can say in my 12 years of living in our current home this is only the second time I have seen one during the day. I know they are there by the calls at night and a couple of times we have sat out by our fire pit at night and seen it swoop silently through the trees.
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This was my other encounter with an Owl during daylight in 2010. It was one of those short December days and late afternoon. Not sure why, maybe to take a rest, maybe hungry but this owl was sitting in the tree. We were alerted to it's presence by the racket the rest of the birds were making. These were taken with a Canon Powershot A something or other camera, I found these old JPEGs and did a bit more cropping and exposure adjustments on them. Wish I had my E-PL2 w/the 70-300mm this day.

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at some point it'd had enough of me and this was the last shot I got before it disappeared into the woods.

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WOW! such beautiful creatures, we hear owls occasionally but never have seen one in the neighborhood.
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Despite all the cold, the ticks actually seem especially bad this year.

I get to be lyme tested here in a few days. Yay.
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I think a tick has to be embedded in you for 24 hours to pass along Lyme, am I wrong? I don't worry about wearing pants when hiking, but I do check myself after a day out there.
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WOW! such beautiful creatures, we hear owls occasionally but never have seen one in the neighborhood.
Thanks Bob, yes they are beautiful creatures and rarely seen in the light of day. One reason is that the other birds will go after owls in daytime. I've seen a group of song birds dive bomb an owl caught outside it's nest during the day.

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I get to be lyme tested here in a few days. Yay.
Sorry to hear that Sammy and I hope it comes back negative. Be on the lookout for anaplasmosis too as it is not something they can test for easily. If you start developing the symptoms (fever, aches) within 1-2 weeks of being bitten don't assume it is the flu and instead seek medical attention as it progresses rapidly and can cause lasting damage.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/i.../anaplasmosis/

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CDC says 48 hours, but if you're in a region where it is endemic they may still have you tested if it is confirmed to be a deer tic. If it's been 48 hours they will likely go forward with a round of antibiotics.

Hiking in shorts on trails your risk is low, it's yard work around piles of leaves, tall grass, and rock walls that poses the higher risk (and where I've got them on me before).
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