Feathers & Fur – Short-eared Owl, Shaking Brewer’s Blackbird and a Curious Long-tailed Weasel

Short-eared Owl in flight over a marsh, Farmington Bay WMA, Davis County, UtahShort-eared Owl in flight over a marsh – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I spent a little while at Farmington Bay WMA yesterday morning and although it seemed fairly slow bird wise I was able to get a few bird photos that I liked and one Long-tailed Weasel too. The best bird for me was seeing a Short-eared Owl in flight over the marsh, I hadn’t seen a short-eared owl there in quite a few years. Even though the owl was some distance from me I liked how the colors in the background echoed some of the colors in the plumage of the owl.

Male Brewer's Blackbird shaking after a bath, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Davis County, UtahMale Brewer’s Blackbird shaking after a bath – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Then there were Brewer’s Blackbirds… This time of the year they are often found in large flocks and that was the case yesterday, some were perched on electrical wires, some on fence posts and trees, some were walking around on the ground and a few were bathing at the edge of a pond. When the Brewer’s Blackbirds were finished bathing it seemed like they preferred to finish off their baths with shaking and preening by flying up to the fence posts and wires. I took a lot of photos of two males and one female Brewer’s Blackbirds shaking and preening and I was able to capture some interesting poses. I’ll do a separate post with more of those photos another time.

Even with a shutter speed of 1/2500 I wasn’t able to freeze the motion of this Brewer’s Blackbird’s wings and tail feathers but I sure liked its pose and the action.

Curious Long-tailed Weasel close up in poor light, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Davis County, UtahCurious Long-tailed Weasel close up in poor light – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light,

Then there was a Long-tailed Weasel in poor lighting conditions but I had to take photos of it because I don’t see them all that often. The weasel sure seemed curious because it kept running towards the “mobile blind” then leaping away and then back again. Oh how I wish I would have been able to photograph this weasel in better light yesterday. These creatures fascinate me.

So it wasn’t a great morning but it wasn’t all that bad either because I was able to focus on a Short-eared Owl, Brewer’s Blackbirds and one curious Long-tailed Weasel.

A friend of mine wondered if the weasel I ID’d as a Long-tailed might a short-tailed, any opinions out there?

Life is good


My old cell phone is working well for the several alarms I have set daily. Sure wish I knew when I will have my smart phone back in my hands. I need to get in touch with Samsung to check on it today.


  1. Patty Chadwick October 25, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Loved the series and variety…👍

  2. Trudy Brooks October 25, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Love the pictures. Animals are pretty funny sometimes.

  3. humming bird lover October 25, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hi Sweetie! I love that little Weasel it is so cute! no I did not win big on Power ball, but I had the gold ball so will get $8.00 will buy more of it for Sat.

  4. Liz Cormack October 25, 2018 at 7:00 am

    As Kim said, “Great images!”. Love the weasel photo.

  5. Dick Harlow October 25, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Wonderful shots Mia!

  6. Kim October 25, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Great images!

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