Daddy Owl (Wowls as Shey’s grandson calls them) might be a little lonely with Mama Owl in her nest. I got home late again, went out at dusk, and Daddy Owl was sitting in a cottonwood looking at the levee. I tried to get his attention, but we gave me a side glance Like “Don’t bother me, Boy!” He flew down onto the lower bank of the levee. I thought he might have pounced on gopher, so was looking for him on the bank with the Bazooka through the tangle of twigs. While I was looking for him I heard a very loud and insistent hoot right in front of me. I looked up and he was perched on a branch above me with a look like “Are you looking for me? Well, here I am!” I moved around to see if he had a gopher, but as you can see in the first photo above, his talons are empty. He hooted at me, fluffed up, shook himself, then he took off and flew to another cottonwood in the cover of darkness.
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He’s probably thinking about all the work that’s in store for him once the youngsters are hatched. Going to take a lot of gophers to keep Momma and the owlets nourished.
He takes gophers, birds, snakes, bats and ducks once the owlets hatch. Mama Owl goes back to hunting, also. It takes both of them to keep growing owlets fed. Thanks, Brian.
Forgot that the Mamma can share in the duties once the owlets are hatched.
Those are beautiful photos of Daddy Wowl, Tim. He is also stealthy, sneaking up on you like that.
I like your moon shot, too. We had enough clearing at sundown to see the moon high in the eastern sky, above the bank of clouds that had moved on.
Sounds like a beautiful scene with the moon. Thanks, Lavinia.
Oh Daddy Wowl… love his name. Great pictures of such a beautiful creature!
I do love the name Daddy Wowl.
Wonderfully photography, Tim.
The little ones have their own language which we call baby talk
Daddy Wowl must just sit it out. But then there is always another cottonwood.
Aww… It was wowls and welephants. I can’t help calling both that now.
I love both names.
Daddy owl still has to feed m\Mama Owl. Lots of work their. Thanks, abvr.
Yes, the entire family.
You are welcome Timothy
There was also wapples. Daddy Wowl is gonna have his claws full Tim
I like “wapples” too. Our Cuban friends pronounce W as G and often drop Ls, R’s and Ts. They pronounce Walmart “Gwama” and the group Aerosmith “Erme”. I still call Walmart Gwama.
I love that Tim. It’s good to have words enter your own personal vocab!. The entire family here now calls the Ipad the Itab and yogurt yogo cos that is what the middle grandie calls them.
Laurie was taking the seeds out of Tristan’s watermelon and Trista said “Don’t teendee my watermelon!” We have used “teendee” ever since.
Lovely post Timothy for obvious reasons. I must tell his mam! Daddy Wolw sure looks like he’s boss.
When he’s bossing me. Mama Owl is the real boss. Thanks, Shey.
It’s great to have a owl family close to your home. I’m still hoping to find a location where I can spot owls – until now without succes.
Good luck. Thanks, Rudi.
Great series of pics Timothy, what a whoot! Maybe he’s got his eye on you for dinner!
I think he decided years ago I was not a suitable meal. But he does have a lot to say. Thanks, Tone.
I love your conversations with Daddy Owl! …not to mention your shots!
He’s a hoot. Thanks, Marina.
He is!!! 😉
At last the paparazzi paid attention!
Super set, a lovely encounter!
“D Wowl” would make a good DJ/Rapper name. You should see if Daddy Owl wants to collab with you.
It would make a great rapper name. I’ve done a few songs with the owls. Thank, JYP.
I mean, I’d steal it for my rapper name except I cannot rap at all. [There was an incident from the competitive karaoke days where I had to rap during Hip Hop week for our female solo (all the other women on our team were classically trained professional sopranos and refused to do it) and it was awful.] Learned my lesson.
But I could see Dumpsta-Spunk and D Wowl collaborating on a new hit single.
Rap takes practice like everything else. I’m not very good at it, like all thing singing. I don’t like Rap, per se. I find American Rap really difficult to listen to. I listen to the Italian rappers like J-Ax to get the rhythm. You have Dumpsta-Spunk and D Wowl thinking.
I’ve heard your songs and parodies and you hold your own. Your Elton John and Ricky Martin parodies were great! I feel like a decent portion of the battle is just picking the right song and practice.
You are right that the right song has a lot to do with it. I’m working on a parody now that is not right. I’m having lots of trouble with it. But I’m going to get it right, eventually! Persistence also pays off most of the time.
Do you think Daddy owl was mad at you cuz he was going to pounce something and you got in the middle of it or him or just wanting to say hi? love him all puffed up.
No. If there was a gopher, it couldn’t see me. D Wowl was entertaining himself. Thanks, Cindy.
good point there. He was teasing you i think. You’re so welcome!
I maintain that he now considers you part of his inner circle. He expects you and also searches you out. You’re IN Paparazzo!
Love the shots. 🙂
Happy Wednesday, Tim!
Grandkids come up with the best names! Does D Wowl fluff up in preparation of flight for a reason (feather prep) or is it mostly just like a good stretch?
I think its quite extraordinary that you can get so close to an owl. Great pictures.
We’ve been interacting since 2017. We know each other. Thanks, Roberta.
Whenever I do catch the moon out, I think to myself
“Wow, that’s gonna look a lot better when I see it tomorrow on Tim’s blog.”
Awesome as always Tim.
I’m happy you can count on the moon being here. Thanks, Craig.
It seems like they look forward to encounters with the paparazzo too! Perhaps they like their story documented?
Birds like to interact. Thant might be part of it. Thanks, Tiffany.
You are a Wowls whisperer, Tim. Your conversations with Daddy Owl remind me that we are truly connected to other creatures who share our world. I am always inspired when I come to your space.
OMG! You are friends. D Wowl knows you!
We’ve known each other for five years. Thanks, Resa.
Oh that’s wonderful … a wowl! A very handsome fluffed up wowl! How is that bazooka going?
It’s shooting wowls as you can see. Canon has a new 1200mm lens for their mirrorless cameras if you want to go all-out medieval on your subjects. Thanks, Julie.