*This photograph was not taken in Dutchess County.
2013 started off with a bang at the Shawangunk Grasslands, across the Hudson River in Ulster County, New York (potentially our new home, but more on that at a later date).
I’ve always heard about the short-eared owls that visit the Grasslands in the winter, so I finally made my way out there to investigate. I sort of expected to see them from far away, but I would have never imagined they would get this close! It was a mesmerizing experience watching them hunt, perch on branches, and interact with other short-eared owls. I definitely want to get back there again!