On 2/8/14, we made a second trip to the Shawangunk Grasslands. I was hoping that lightning might strike twice with my luck. I got pretty good looks of Northern Harriers last time from one of the blinds last time, so it could happen, right?
Well, it did… but it wasn’t harriers this time, it was owls. Short-eared owls. 8 of them! We hiked out to a different blind this time (with snowshoes, a first!) and they were extremely active for two hours in the middle of the afternoon. At some points, I was able to get multiple owls per shot, which was a real treat.
I have assembled a gallery of my favorite photos of the short-eared owls. Enjoy!
Short-eared Owls at the Shawangunk Grasslands (click photos to enlarge)