|Cruising down the beach.|
In fact I had just turned back toward my car when this Short-eared Owl took wing in front of me. I snapped many blurry images while the lone focal-point of my telephoto scanned the empty, white sky, trying to lock onto the bird.
I was on my way to seven hours of meetings in Coupeville and had left home a few minutes early to swing past this area on the long-shot chance I might stumble upon a migrating Snowy Owl.
Short-eared Owls are right at home in the wide-open landscape around the Keystone Ferry Terminal. They favor open grasslands where they can fly low and hunt rodents, particularly voles. These owls will hunt not only at night but also during the day. This one seemed to favor the beach and certainly was not sleeping.
|Still watching me through the tall grass.|
It kept me smiling and happy through seven hours of meetings in hard, straight-backed chairs.