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Northern Saw-whet Owl - As nature photographers we all live for that special moment, when a bird or animal gifts us with an encounter that will live on in our memory. Today was a very special day for me, Owls our one of my specialties and I have been fortunate to have had many amazing encounters over the years but only a few times have I seen Northern Saw-whet owls and always at their usual spot, sleeping in a cedar tree at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Today while out looking for pygmy owls I heard a high cadence call far off on the other side of a clear cut, seeing as nothing else was out and about I headed off on a bushwhack to see if I could get closer to where the pygmy was calling, or at least what I thought was a pygmy, (one of my apps I am quite certain has a mislabeled pygmy call on it) Well a couple of soft whistles and this little guy graced me with his presence, pure magic, great perches, great light great memory

2016 Photo Big YearAegolius acadicusBirdsBirds Of North AmericaBirds of British ColumbiaBirds of CanadaNikonNikon 200500mm f5.6ENikon D7200Northern Sawwhet OwlOwls