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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Young fluffies

We baited this set for small carnivores of the four-legged warm-blooded variety, and that's what we got.

But in addition a pair of young fluffies showed up and used the rocks as a perch.

They seem to be finishing their molt.

As Hans Peeters remarked in Field Guide to the Owls of California and the West, juvenile western screech owls have a loose-feathered look until they molt into their adult plumage.

It's that young fluffy look that makes immature owls so appealing.


Denis said...


How did you bait the owl, was it a live bait?

Trailblazer said...

cute little buggers.

Nice catch, Codger!

owlman said...

Great photos Chris and without the use of owl vocalizations or model owls?

sideroadtravels said...

i like the idea of the rock background i think i'll try that myself, thanks!

Camera Trap Codger said...

No live bait, no recorded calls. Owls roots on perches like this -- occasionally or regularly. It just depends on the situation. We've gotten photos like this before.