Owls pose quite a challenge for both birders and wildlife photographers, since they are generally active at night and are very good at hiding their presence in the day. In fact, we probably walk buy owls on a regular basis, but miss them completely because they hide so well in trees. I was able to spot this Northern Saw-whet Owl for only one reason: A fairly large patch of white droppings told me that a bird was found in a tree I had just passed by. And when I looked up in the right area, I found it. As you can see, it is eating a grey bird or small mammal.
Aside from not being easy to spot, even when you do find them, photographing them is quite difficult: Branches are almost always in the way, as is the case in both these photos. Still, I thought I would show them to you, because I was quite happy to have found this beautiful little owl.
Northern Saw-whet Owl (français, Petite Nyctale / scientific name, Aegolius acadicus), University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 7, 2014. Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 1600, 300mm, f/5.6, top photo: 1/50 and bottom photo: 1/40). Not baited, called in or set up.