Sunday, December 23, 2012

Eastern Grass Owl: 'Don't ask me where I've been.'




'Don't ask me where I've been. I'm here in front of you now, aren't I? Take your pictures and run away and boast about finding an Eastern Grass-Owl (Tyto longimembris) in the Tyto Wetlands after failing for eight years.' 


'Out of focus? Out of focus??? Can't you get anything right? I can't stand around here all bloody night waiting for you to take a simple bleeding picture. That's it? Done, are you? Right, I'm off to give some rats hell. No, I won't hover above you for a few minutes so you can get an action shot. Later? When I'm in a better mood? Maybe. For Christmas. See you.' 

6 comments:

Duncan said...

Beauties mate, all the best for the festive season. Duncan.

Tyto Tony said...

Greetings to you also, Duncan. And, as more or less usual, looks like the Wet's begun. We've been a bit parched lately. Problem: owls living in flood grasses.

mick said...

As usual! - Great photos with beaut detail! But also as usual you leave me with so many questions. Did the owl let you creep closer all the time or were you just getting closer with the lens? It's great that you saw the owl after all those years - but any guesses why? Has the habitat changed drastically? Or have you found a magical way to find night birds?
Oh yes - Season's greetings to you too!

Tyto Tony said...

Gidday Mick,

No fun in a life without many questions. I stayed put and let lens and computer do some work. Owls will allow some approach, and Grass Owls rest almost entirely on ground. No change in immediate habitat, but certainly far more grass everywhere here since Yasi blasted the trees. No magical ways, but recent reported sighting, and successful sighting elsewhere inspired some extensive spotlighting on Tyto's fire break trails. Festive greetings!

Boydie45 said...

Tony,

They say patience is a virtue. You have certainly proved that. You have been doing well with the night birds lately. Hope it continues for you in the new year.
Brilliant photos by the way.

Ian

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Ian. I'll stay enthusiastic until the nights start getting cold!