Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Owl at bird show - Silver Springs Park


I got the feeling this owl did not like being photographed. Fortunately he was tethered to the trainer.

37 comments:

Paula said...

Oh, I love to go see big birds with their handlers. They really give me a thrill. That is a BIG owl.

Becky said...

WOW! What a gorgeous bird! What kind of owl is it?

magiceye said...

he sure has a 'dont mess with me' look!

Lee Spangler said...

You know how people often look like their dogs, look at the trainer's face and tell me what bird comes to mind.

Small City Scenes said...

He's giving you the 'fish eye'. and he likes fish so protect your eyes.
Odd looking owl---but cute and scowley. MB

Kcalpesh said...

Hmm, the expressions of that owls look like it's not ready for a photograph. May be the owl wanted to get into a better pose and position before you click....

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Don and Krise said...

Two questions Jacob...
1. How did you get Dick Cheney to pose with that bird? and...
2. Why does he look like he wants to have you for dinner?

Olivier said...

la chouette est magnifique, et j'aime bien le flouté en fond

Vogon Poet said...

Look at that faces (owl included)! That trainer didn't show well happiness either. The sixty pound owl is staring at you so badly!

Paula said...

He has a funny look.

brattcat said...

You snapped this great shot anyway and no one was the wiser.

Jim K said...

Wow, hes awesome looking. Bigger than I would have guessed they were.

Leif Hagen said...

Who who! Who Who! Was Frank enjoying the show with his tethered friend?

Jacob, you were kinda' owly on your blog yesterday!

Bibi said...

I think owls ALWAYS look like they don't want to be photographed! But they're cute all the same, and this is a lovley portrait of both the man and the reluctant owl.

Halcyon said...

Wow! He's a real beauty.

I don't think owls ever look very friendly though. It's just not their way.

Lois said...

Yes he does look like he has tolerated you long enough! What a beautiful bird.

Memphis MOJO said...

Owls are supposed to be wise, but the old man looks pretty wise, too. Nice shot.

jusdealem said...

A great shot! Owls creep me out, tho. They always seem to have murder in their eyes!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I do believe the owl is "not amused."

James said...

Very nice picture. I recently took some pictures of an owl who didn't like his picture taken. He kept turning his head away.

Frank said...

That is a very serious look you're getting. I hope they keep him well fed before small children get close.

Jacob said...

@ Don and Krise - Answers:

1. No problem. I told him he had two choices: hold the damn bird or get waterboarded.

2. Methinks he was not fed his usual complement of mice and bunnies.

Jacob said...

@ Becky - I was afraid someone was going to ask that question. They told us but I didn't write it down and now have no clue.

Boise Diva said...

He's a dramatic-looking type.

Sean said...

Which ones the owl?

Ken Mac said...

the trainer looks none too happy either!

cieldequimper said...

Jacob this is fantastic. Owls are such magical birds, we don't have many of them left unfortunately. It does look a bit cross!

Per Stromsjo said...

Apparently even a trainer would want some amount of protective measures.

Cezar and Léia said...

I think this owl is enjoying a lot , posing for your camera! :)
Léia

Jarart said...

That's a great looking bird. With a stare like that, it's hard to tell if he's just interested in what you're doing or thinking about pecking your eyes out.

tapirgal said...

What an incredible animal! I love the colors. I don't know this species. Not that I know so much about birds :)

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Majestic owl but quite stern looking! Probably that's how these birds smile. Our perception is just not compatible. (;

Tricia said...

LOOK AT THOSE CLAWS! WoW!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! What a riot!

Cute owl, I say! I might be afraid of the trainer!!!

Baruch said...

Very handsome looking owl. You didn't mention the type of owl though and I'm curious to know :)

Jacob said...

@ Baruch - I don't remember and I didn't write the name down when it was introduced. I believe it is of a type found in Florida.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Like owner like pet. They seem to share a similar expression. But the owl is so petrified that might be made up of cardboard or wax. Great shot Jacob.

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