I hadn’t seen a Snowy Owl since December 21, even though I’d visited their TC area haunts several times a week.
Then the last day of January. I spotted this Snowy tucked in an evergreen tree. It didn’t move for the longest time. I assumed it was asleep so I eventually moved on.
I returned the next day and spotted the owl near the corner of this building. It looked fully rested, its yellow eye trained on me below.
The Snowy swiveled its head often, searching the grounds for prey. Love that expression! Almost a smile.
The owl’s head drooped a bit and it’s foot came up. I thought it was scratching an itch at first, although I couldn’t image what that must’ve felt like with those talons.
It wasn’t an itch, though. The owl had fallen asleep.
Yep, Sleeping Beauty was out cold.
After a few minutes, the Snowy jerked her head up, but she didn’t appear to be fully awake.
A few seconds later, her eyes closed again and she was sound asleep.
I waited her out this time, though, wanting to get another of those eyes-wide-open shots.