Wednesday, March 31, 2010

'K' is for Kennicottii Kid

Taken not in PV, but at The Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park in Palm Dessert, CA - this kid-owl was sitting on the volunteer's gloved hand and observing us. He looks like he was putting up with us and waiting to go back to his nap.

"The Western Screech Owl is a small, nocturnal, woodland Owl of western North America and is one of the west's more common Owls at lower elevations. The species name "kennicotti," was created to honour Robert Kennicott, an American explorer and naturalist (1835-1866). Originally, this bird was officially called 'Kennicott's Owl'. " [Ref. Owl Pages_Species=kennicottii]

23 comments:

Eleonora said...

He's gorgeous!

Bibi said...

Cute. I love owls!

jabblog said...

This is a beautiful photograph of a stunning owl. Those eyes are mesmerising.

brattcat said...

What a hypnotic gaze he has.

Merritt by Design said...

What a beautiful bird!!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

O owls are wonderful creatures and their feathers are so soft.

Lois said...

That owl has beautiful eyes! Nice shot Tash.

Manang Kim said...

The owl's eyes looks like it is a separate part of his head lol! Great shot!

ABC Wednesday~Keyhole

Jay said...

Wow, that's a wonderfully sharp and beautiful picture of this little owl! I'd never heard of Kennicotti owls before, so he's new to me.

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week. :)

Sylvia K said...

I do love the owls and what a terrific shot this is, Tash!! The eyes are mesmerizing! Hope your week is going well1 Enjoy!

Sylvia

Clueless in Boston said...

Great close up. He almost looks like a stuffed owl.

Powell River Books said...

To me the eyes have a human quality. Very eerie. Love your closeup - Margy

Paul said...

What a beauty. Here in Leeds, Yorkshire the city coat of arms features two owls.
Leeds in Yorkshire daily photo

altadenahiker said...

You can't tell lies to face like that.

Leif Hagen said...

AWESOME photo! I showed it to my wife as she loves owls! She even makes a great owl imitation sound!

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent photo! He does look a little annoyed at being observed!

士凱 said...

TAHNKS FOR YOUR SHARING~~~VERY NICE ........................................

belladana said...

Owls have names! Who knew?

Linda said...

He looks absolutely soft and stroke-able, if it wasn't for that sharp beak.

Roger Owen Green said...

Very striking photo.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Wanda said...

What unique feathers.... Great K

Pasadena Adjacent said...

ha! I just bought a post card of a owl while I was in Lancaster visiting the poppy fields. I'm thinking of putting one on a tile

Tabib said...

What a killer stare!
Love this juvenile owl.