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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spotted Owl - Wings On Wednesday

What started out to be a 'spur of the moment' get together with birders and friends Linda Rockwell and Donna Simonetti, this ended up to be one of my best birding experiences. The Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern hosted the "Hummingbird Celebration" just north of Silver City, New Mexico. This drew together our common interest: birds. Speaker Joan Day-Martin gave a very nice presentation about hummingbird identification. Later that morning we went into the Gila National Forest and enjoyed a splendid afternoon hiking and taking photos of deer,flowers,mushrooms,beetles etc. On Sunday after breakfast we hiked onto a different trail and no words can explain the excitement of viewing this magnificent creature: the Spotted Owl! I have never EVER viewed or photographed an owl in the wild, so this was a big event for me. We all felt the mystical aura of this endangered Owl and were so happy he obliged us many happy and precious photos of him:)    

Spotted Owl - Gila National Forest - near Mimbres, New Mexico

video

                                             My short video of preening Spotted Owl





Donna Simonetti & son Juan
Linda Rockwell, Cynthia White, Donna Simonetti
Can one ever have enough cameras?  :)

12 comments:

Laurence Butler said...

Truly outstanding! What a find? A handsome bird and one that's harder to find every year.

Oh Cynthia, I envy you : )

Cynthia White said...

We were fortunate indeed! I still can hardly believe this:) Thank you!

Tammy said...

Wow,what a magnificent find! This owl is stunning!!

Donna M. Simonetti said...

It was a big event for all of us. We were the luckiest women in nature that day. Couldn't have asked for a better view. Had a GREAT time!

Kathie Brown said...

Those smiling faces tell the whole story! Wow! I have never seen a spotted owl, never mind photgraphed one, so you are more than one up on me! Congrats!

Julie G. said...

What a joy it must have been to view this magnificent creature! How fortunate you are. Wonderful photograph and video, Cynthia!

dAwN said...

That is soooo very cool! You all look very happy!

Dan Huber said...

Fantastic find. super photos.

Linda Rockwell said...

It was a wonderful trip and an excellent outing. Nice post Cynthia!

Cynthia White said...

Thank you friends for comments on this wonderful event:)

John's Island said...

Very cool photos and the video is great too. Nice work! And thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Hope you have a great day. John

Cindy said...

How did I miss this! Super..an endangered owl & Linda draped in cameras.. lol!