Bright Yellow Eyes of a Short-eared Owl chick – Nikon D810, f10, 1/500, ISO 320, -1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
Owls scare some people probably because many owls are nocturnal which means they hunt and fly at night and for some people being out at nighttime is a scary time and when an owl flies by it startles them or makes them have to change their underpants as soon as they can. Barn Owls do have an eerie, other worldly call and I suppose that some people might think the same of Great Horned and Barred Owls hooting in the night.
Halloween is supposed to be a night of frights, screams and tricks and treats. I don’t get being afraid of owls, not even a little bit but somehow owls became connected to witches and witches to Halloween and now Halloween decorations include owls as often as bats and witches. That is just a fact.
Does this Short-eared Owl chick with bright yellow eyes look scary to you? It sure doesn’t to me. The young owl looks like it might be curious about the woman pointing long glass at it and that is about all. So no, I don’t think owls are scary, not even a little bit.
But Halloween is about fun and what could be more fun than seeing an owl in nature? Seeing more than one.
Owls are great.
Life is good.
P.S., I should have my cell phone back in my hands today, finally. If not today, tomorrow at the latest.