Here's a brief update for those of you who recall Barny's engaging summertime performances in a grassy swale on Barrett Creek last year.
The bird was a real charmer, and seemed to be playing predator games with seed heads of grass.
Owl specialist Hans Peeters advised us to "get it on video"; the pictures were intriguing, but they were only snapshots.
To make the case that the birds are playing predator, we need action-packed sequences of stalk, dance and pounce.
Unfortunately, we missed the opportunity to film Barny's actions this year, but we did set cameras at water holes in September, and it was reassuring to find Barny or his/her impersonators there.
There were many pictures of the usual shenanigans, and this time there was a trio of cakewalkers.
[Note: these pictures were taken with dated but reliable Cuddabacks supplied by Brian Miller of the Wind River Ranch.]