45 thoughts on “Upchuck and Personal

  1. Great images and captions; the latter reflect your relationships with the Bosque animals!

  2. I saw a GHO in the South Valley yesterday, but only the top of her head, Nothing glowing there. This series is funny.

  3. Great series. What a thoughtful owl to give you something interesting to share with us. Ak.

    • Hi Angela. It was very thoughtful of owl to upchuck for us. When a parrot shows you love and appreciation, it will sometimes regurgitate for you. My daughter’s African Gray, Sofia, was abandoned by her original owner who had her for 16 years. I remind her of her original owner, so when I play with Sofia she gets all excited and regurgitates for me. It’s really sad to think how much separation anxiety she had after being abandoned.

      • African Greys are really meant to be lifetime companions. How sad Sophia was abandoned after so long, how good your daughter has given her a new home.

      • It was sad. The story is the owner married a woman who had a 16 year old daughter who didn’t like the bird, and demanded he get rid of it. Personally, I would have thrown out the girl. How long is a 16 year going to be in the house compared to an African Gray?

  4. I didn’t know parrots would do that. They are long living, fascinating creatures. My dad would sometimes bring owl pellets home. He must have known where to find an owl tree.

    • Hi Susan. You can find owl pellets around their favorite spots. It’s interesting to take them apart and see what kinds of bones are in them.

  5. Good catch! Beautiful series, Tim! I remember learning about owl pellets as a small child from our local Nature Center. They had a bunch on display in the main room.

      • Hi Leah. It was well after sundown in very low light when I took the photos. ISO 3200, Ζ’/4, 1/20 sec on the shutter speed. I rarely see the owls in daylight. In the spring and summer I often see them up to 30 minutes before sunset, but normally it’s well after sunset. Most of my owl photos are taken in very low light. Same thing with my bat photos, and most of my beaver photos. One even well after sunset, I was on the levee taking the a couple who were out on a walk. I saw a beaver in the ditch, and tried to point it out to the couple, but neither one them could see it. So I snapped a photo of the beaver and showed it to them on the screen. They were quite surprised that I could see well enough it the dark to spot the beaver, and that I could get a photo of it in such low light.

      • Two of the owl families saw us every night when the owlets where being raised last year. Those owls often let us get close to them. Sometimes they are only 15 to 20 feet from us. We talk to them, and they act like they are ignoring us.

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