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SweetPea’ – Eastern Screech Owl

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 1 January 2020 in Animal & Insect.

Named after the tallgrass prairie that once covered more than 23,500 square miles of Texas from the Red River to San Antonio, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is a rehabilitation and conservation education organization, specializing in fostering better public understanding of the relationship between birds of prey and healthy ecosystems.

SweetPea’ – Eastern Screech Owl (Gray-phase)
SweetPea hatched in the spring of 2003, was found by a family and taken home. She was kept in a rabbit cage and fed hamburger meat. The family realized it was illegal to have her and took her to the appropriate authorities. She was found to be in good condition, but as an ‘imprint’ she was non-releasable and transferred to BPRC in August 2004 as an education ambassador. In Texas we have gray and red phases of Screech Owls. She is a gray-phased owl.

Happy New Year!!!

NIKON D5500 1/200 second F/6.3 ISO 800 277 mm (35mm equiv.)

ursulakatariina from Turku, Finland

Such a beautiful bird. Thank you for telling her story.
Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2020 6:13am

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Magnificent capture Barbara, I love this bird! happy new year for you and your familly and Jasper and Rocket.

1 Jan 2020 6:46am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous bird. Good thing it got the proper treatment.

1 Jan 2020 7:24am

omid from mashhad, Iran

wonderful portrait! :)
ℋappy ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • New ♫ ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • Year ⊰•❷⓿❷⓿•⊱ ♫ ♪¸ ¸ ¸.
& my best wishes for you and yours.

1 Jan 2020 7:33am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Merci pareillement tous mes vœux pour 2020
superbe image merci
Belle journée

1 Jan 2020 7:54am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

meilleurs vœux pour 2020

1 Jan 2020 9:05am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

intéressant les yeux

1 Jan 2020 9:42am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb capture. Have a wonderful New Year.

1 Jan 2020 10:07am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

O-O, love it, happy NY

1 Jan 2020 10:08am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

My Granny what big eyes you have. Lovely bird. Happy New Year to you

1 Jan 2020 10:48am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Best Wishes to You and Yours for this 2020, my friend !

1 Jan 2020 11:09am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Happy New Year, Barbara. Yes, we need birds of prey, but I do wish they didn't feast on the birds at my feeder!

1 Jan 2020 1:09pm

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Happy New Year Barbara.

1 Jan 2020 1:12pm

Rose from United States

So very cute....

1 Jan 2020 1:41pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A very effective close up of this great face. He has lots of personality.

1 Jan 2020 2:40pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful portrait. Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2020 3:12pm

Devi from Chennai, India

She looks wonderful !!
And thank you for all that info on her. Lovely capture :))))

1 Jan 2020 3:17pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Fabulous photo ! Happy New Year !

1 Jan 2020 5:34pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

magnifique !! meilleurs voeux pour 2020 !

1 Jan 2020 6:04pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Thank you and I wish you also all the best for 2020

1 Jan 2020 8:28pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Thank you and I wish you also all the best for 2020

1 Jan 2020 8:29pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

♪ ♫ • * ¨ * • .¸¸ ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪
Je te souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2020!
A toi et ta famille. Bonheur et santé.
♪ ♫ • * ¨ * • .¸¸ ♥ ¸¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪

1 Jan 2020 9:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She is certainly beautiful. Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2020 9:46pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

that is a sad story but a fine image

2 Jan 2020 1:01am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

She is gorgeous! I love those eyes! Happy New Year Barbara! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

2 Jan 2020 3:14am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great portrait .
I wish you a happy - healthy and photogenic 2020 .

2 Jan 2020 6:16am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful Portrait of this bird.
Happy New Year to you and yours. :)

2 Jan 2020 12:28pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it looks a lot like my persian cat, jane

7 Jan 2020 1:04am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

This makes me smile.

13 Jan 2020 11:02am

1/200 second
ISO 800
277 mm (35mm equiv.)