We were in this swamp for dawn. It never happened, the sun itself never happened. This was a day before the hurricane and it was weird already.
Swamps are hot and wet, that’s a given. However we couldn’t look through the lens there was so much humidity. I kept a cloth and paper towel in my hand. Now the scene is set LOL.
I was walking to meet up with Ellen, we were getting out because the thunder was getting close. Turning to look back I noticed the bump / stump that had been in my path. I didn’t remember it so I watched for a minute.
The bump spread his wings and lift up into the big Live Oaks.
Above, the bump and I looked at each other right before he pushed off further in the oaks.
Note; around here you always stop and look at ‘football’ shaped bumps. Usually in trees though.
This is a Rufous (brown) morph Eastern Screech Owl. There is also a grey morph but he hasn’t shown up yet. Males claim the holes, the female will inspect it and might move in.
They are small and agile, and about 7 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan around 18 to 24 inches. We knew he was around but some friends we travel with pointed him out yesterday. This bird is invisible. These shots were as close as we would go, they live here, we just visit.
He did what all Screech Owls do, opened one eye to check us out. I have never seen a Screech Owl do anything other than that.