I’m not sure if it was the highlight of my trip, but the moment this Short-Eared Owl swooped down and landed in the ditch right next to my pickup was a very special moment.
Unfortunately, I was as surprised to see it there as it seemed to be by the telephoto lens suddenly pointed at him. He was gone before I could tell my camera to focus on the owl, not the reeds.
I did manage to get a clearer shot of it as it flew away.
I knew instantly when it landed that this was a “lifer” for me. I had no idea what kind of owl it was and seeing it fly away definitely confirmed that.