The theme this week at Where’s My backpack? is multicolored. I thought right away of this photo I have of an Eastern Screech Owl:
It has lovely colors but the interesting thing to me is that this bird can also have more of a grey bark color. Same bird, but it depends on where it lives when it comes to what coloring it has in its feathers. I have a link here to some information about the bird, and also a photo of the dramatically different way it can look.
As for this photo, I took it at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. I added in the link in part because if you are in the area on November 3rd they are hosting a Camera Day. On that day they will take many of their birds and place them in natural settings. It is a great day to get photos. I took the photo above on a camera day this past spring.
Speaking of this photo, it is actually three photos merged into one using HDR. So, I took three exposures, one dark, one light and one in the middle, and merged them together using Photomatix. In Photoshop I did a bit of sharpening and cropping.
This owl is part of a series that I did of birds of prey, they are here for viewing and purchase. I have blogged about a few of the other photos too; the Long-crested Eagle, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, and the Barn Owl.
So what do you think of this little one? and it is a very small owl! Feel free to leave comments below.