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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Magic Hour at American Camp

Yesterday was a very gray, drizzly day, but I felt like getting outside for a bit so close to sunset I headed down to American Camp. I wanted to look for the short-eared owls down there, who I figured might be active regardless of the weather. Amazingly, right as I pulled up to the Redoubt Road, I saw several owls flying over the prairie just as the sun was starting to break through the clouds for the first time of the day. What followed was a pretty amazing hour when it came to owls and lighting:

Short-eared owl at dusk


Double rainbow over the American Camp prairies




Before I left I drove down Pickett's Lane, and saw my closest short-eared owl of the day. It was almost getting too dark for photos, but not quite:



Short-eared owl and the end of the sunset

It ended up being a much better outing than I had hoped for: four short-eared owls, amazing light, beautiful sunset, and two rainbows! Can't ask for much more than that.

1 comment:

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

What a great way to lose an hour.
Loads of shorties round here at the mo but not caught up with any of them yet.
Used to be regular on the nature reserve bt in ther last 20 years we swapped them for long eards as the scrub has overtaken the grasslands.

Cheers

DaveyMan