Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Pygmy Owl

Yesterday, while we were walking the dog, Nicôle spotted something strange sitting on a branch of a distant tree. It looked like a bird, but had a peculiar shape.

This is what we saw from a distance. Note that this is a zoomed-in picture. We decided to investigate and started sneaking towards the tree in which the bird was sitting.

We managed to outflank and get nearer to the bird. This is what we saw, the peculiar shaped bird turned out to be a small owl.

Still nearer. The owl watched us closely, but as long as we did not make any sudden movements, it did not seem to be bothered by our presence.

As close as we could get. The owl in question is an Eurasian Pygmy Owl. With a length of sixteen to nineteen centimetres and a weight of sixty to one hundred gram, the Pygmy Owl is Europe's smallest owl. After having allowed us to take some nice pictures, the owl took off and flew away, disappearing in the distance with it's characteristic woodpecker-like flight pattern.


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