Clair Lake Park
29 September 2014
Eastern Screech Owls are not easy to detect when they are roosting during the day. They either conceal themselves in cavities, or press up to the trunk or large branch of a tree, where they camouflage so well they are seldom noticed.
Any time I am able to locate one I consider myself very fortunate.
This individual was perched about 15 metres off the ground, well hidden and the pictures reflect this. One cannot expect perfection when dealing with so cryptic a subject.
But, it's a wonderful species to capture in the lens and any record is better than none.
Fall is well advanced now and the colours on the trees will soon be at their peak. This maple right at the entrance to the park is bathed in crimson splendour.
Inside the woodlot change is all around and there is a constant procession of falling leaves as one meanders through.