Saturday, September 29, 2012

Elf Owl

28 September 2012
Burro Mesa Pouroff, Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co.

Low light conditions, as it was actually raining all day in most of Brewster County!

Elf Owl, (Micrathene whitneyi)

An amazing species we are fortunate to have in the summer.  This owl stands only about 5 inches tall.  Find a ruler, check that out.  Incredibly tiny and an owl.  Sometimes the most amazing organisms, fellow Earth-beings, come in the smallest packages.  Often times.
This individual I encountered late morning, yesterday ,walking Burro Mesa Pouroff down in the park.  Many times I say "It's up to the bird."  That was certainly the case here.  This owl allowed me to view it for a few minutes.  I am all the better for it.

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