I was driving around the lake looking for eagles and all of a sudden it’s “holy crap there’s an owl on that stick...”. I dive off the road and abandon the Jeep and start sneaking up right? Two small steps, take 300 pictures. Two more steps, 300 more pictures. I kept waiting for him to fly but he hung out for a long long time.
Finally another car went by and he flew. I got some BIFs but they were horrible.
So awesome, and I haven’t seen an owl on that stick sense and I go out there all the time.
So - how many of you have an area that you return to and visit the same bird over and over again for years?
Meet Al. We first got to meet Al in 2015 and have gotten to visit him again in 2017, 18, and 19. He's probably there this year too but we aren't camping this year so we don't know.
He got his name because as we were getting set up in our favorite campsite down at Deception Pass, my wife started yelling to me from the other side of the camper. I thought she was saying there was a guy named Al in our campsite but she was actually saying "there's an Owl in the campsite."
Every time we see him he's a stone's throw from where we saw him the first time. The campsite is just down the street from the house so we drive by all the time to see if we can see him. It's always fun when he's there.
Anyway - here's Al. I'll post some more of him down the road. TBH these are some of the worst of the collection.
You’re right Alan. When we’re out and about doing normal daily stuff we’ll drive through this area just to see if we can spot him. Right after I got my EOS-R we were camping one spot over from this one and he was sitting back under the trees that are in the background of these photos. I got to shoot the EOS-R and 5D4 with the 560mm 100-400 combo back to back. He just sat there and watched while I switched the lenses.
Usually you’ll hear the robins going nuts if he’s around.