Seriously though, please always be on your best behavior around all birds, especially owls. To quote the ABA Code of Ethics, "To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming."
|Upper Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Southeast Arizona (photo courtesy Geniece Baer)|
I've never been so quiet and turtle-like around a bird. I snapped this photo and withdrew from its sanctuary to fetch my companions. Upon our return, we instantly became mesmerized by this magical bird. Look at those fluffy feathers, and those spots! I was thankful the ladies followed my explicit directions on owl etiquette. It's a good thing because it would have been a long walk home.
We stood there quietly observing for a while. All of a sudden it started moving. Not slight movements, but stretching and preening!
|"I'm awake now."|
|Don't try this at home.|
Thank you to the Beatty's for making these amazing birds easy to find and enjoy!
- Jeremy Medina