Wait a minute. People keep these as pets? It is damn cute. :)
Hi Marty - no, this isn't a pet. The photo was taken at a bird banding station. To get a sense of the size and health of the bird populations, there are several locations around where they set up safe nets to catch birds passing through, band them, and record information about them - size, gender, age, whether the bird is already banded, etc., and then the birds are released. This was a night time banding specifically aimed at this type of owl.
It's not legal to keep a bird like this as a pet, unless one has a special permit and reason to do so. But it sure was cute!
Excellent and cute bird photo. Like. Cheers, Mats.
Hi Mats - Thanks! It was a really interesting evening observing the banding process. Well, interesting for us humans. I doubt the bird was too thrilled!
Love your title and the owl is just the cutest. Lovely photo :)
:o))) Like. Milada
Thanks kez! and my apologies for taking so long to let you know that!!!
Many Thanks Milada! :)
Thanks very much Pozlp
Вeautiful photo! LIKE-11! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.
Yes, very cute. Very cute.
Thanks Jean! Hard to imagine a cute bird of prey, but this sure was one!
Many very belated Thanks to you all Benoît, Yuri, and csn!
awww! it's soo cute. Is it an elf owl?
Thanks Eagle. Lol, they're so small and cute, it sure could be an elf. But it's a Saw-whet owl.
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