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    So I'm stacking wood on the rack beside the wood stove when the phone rings. It's my SIL who wonders if I'd like some fresh Specks as he's on his way back from a very successful morning trip. Well of course I will, right on Allan. So he comes up the driveway and I go out to meet him on the front walkway. He hands me 4 10 -12" beauties and we chat for a bit. Then as he's about to leave I notice this light brown blob on a lilac branch 10 ft away. WTH? So I walk over closer and it's a Saw Whet owl sitting on the end of a cut branch, so cool. I run in the house to grab my camera and Al pulls out his cell phone. Well I knew they were pretty tame but I had no idea how much. I grab some pics and then decide to see how close I could get. Well I get within touching distance and it just sits there opening his eyes the odd time. Well just so happens I had taken some squirrel out for a snack so I go back in the house and cut a strip off to see if the owl would take it. I put it on a stick and hold it out 6 inches in front of it. No reaction so I move it in even closer and he spooks and flies 5 feet away on to a spruce branch beside the house. So I put the strip of meat on a branch below him, he looks at it and ignores it. Then I go back and grab my camera again and take a few more pics and the last one through the kitchen window when I go back in. No idea how long it was there but it's still there an hour later not even paying attention to all the birds around as I have my feeders right there. And all the chickadees aren't even worried and have no fear being 3 ft away from it. So cool, made my day. Turns out they only eat small mammals

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    A few more pics after it flew to the other tree. Times like this when I wish I had a real good camera.

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    Looks like he's taking a Nap, all fluffed up and the eyes 1/2 closed...has that look...wondering WTH you're doing HaHa..
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    Really cool encounter and the pics look great!

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    Cool story. I had a similar experience yesterday. The wife and daughter were walking home from the store when my daughter texted me, "look out the door on the deck there's an owl" (they seen it land there). Well I just happened to have the camera right there in front of me and got 3 good pics of it from 10 feet before it flew away. I was able to identify it as Barred Owl thanks to Justin Hoffman's thread I tried to upload the pics on it but was unsuccessful. I didn't get any speckies but as a consolation I got peanut butter cups.LOL
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    Really cool...............Innocence right there....
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    I could care less about the quality of the photos, just the fact that you actually saw one and were able to get up close and personal would be enough... The photos by the way were great but the experience must have been far greater...
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    Right on, nice pics.
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    And the owl says-Can i just carry on with my beauty sleep?
    Thanx for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo D View Post
    I could care less about the quality of the photos, just the fact that you actually saw one and were able to get up close and personal would be enough... The photos by the way were great but the experience must have been far greater...
    You're right Bo, it made my day for sure. I literally could have reached out and touched it.

    Mike yea it was mostly sleeping it seemed, as they hunt at night. I would make noise on purpose, the eyes would open for a bit and then close again. I have a feeling it was there from overnight as with all the seeds on the ground from two feeders there's always small rodents around. It moved to three different close by branch nubs over a couple of hours and when I checked again around 4 it was gone. Very cool, I was so amazed at how tame it was, totally unconcerned with me.

    As for the pics, I was happy enough with some of them considering it was just a Canon Powershot, had to make sure I stayed with the optical zoom and not get into the digital one. No comparison to some of the photos posted by the true photographers here but I'm still happy.

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