Most Joyful Bird


This week’s photo, taken January 28, 2015 near Stanwood, WA, features a SHORT-EARED OWL checking me out as it flies by, as if to say: “What’s Up?”

The SHORT-EARED OWL, often active during daylight hours, gets my vote as the World’s Most Joyful Bird. It frolics above a field with its moth-like wing beats, and when it detects a rodent scurrying across the grass, it tucks its wings and dives headfirst, behaving much like a mischievous kitten pouncing on its imaginary prey. The owl doesn’t even seem to mind when it comes up empty taloned. It’s obviously having a good time cruising the neighborhood.

Short-eared Owls just want to have fun, and they seem to possess endless energy as they turn and spin and bank and dive. If you know of a more cheerful and high-spirited bird, please let me know.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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8 Responses to Most Joyful Bird

  1. Fabius Fox says:

    Another winner. Enjoy, Fabe

  2. This is just wonderful, and fun, too.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi Joe, Jim and I saw a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on Wednesday that seemed to be having fun. We could hear it in the bushes, then it would pop straight up about 8 feet or so, probably catching a gnat or something. Did this several times, then popped up and landed out in the open just over arm’s length away, posing and showing off his profile with his black tail pinstriped in white.

    Then again, I have never seen a Short-eared Owl so can’t really compare.

  4. says:

    good photo – thanks   

  5. kathydoremus says:

    Love the pattern on the wings. 🙂

  6. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous! I love the yellow eyes and the beautiful feather pattern.

  7. Julianne says:

    Very cool photo! Thanks for capturing such amazing shots!

  8. Bruce says:

    Really nice Joe.

    Sent from my iPhone


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