Posts tagged “stare

Stand off with a squirrel

Deck squirrel stand off - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5D III + 300mm f/4 lens: 1/200 seconds at f/4 on ISO 800

This squirrel has been a resident in the trees behind our house for five years.  He’s feisty and acts like the backyard, our deck and everywhere else he travels is under his dominion.  In this encounter I had my feet up on the railing and he squared off staring at me.  It became pretty clear that he was impatiently waiting for me to put my feet down so he could pass.  I obliged, but snapped off a couple of frames before removing the barricade.  He chirped as he ran by and kept up the chatter as he climbed up a tree.  I thought a simple thank you would have sufficed!


Evening Owl: A Great Grey in Bragg Creek

Just before the long weekend, I had an evening free to tour the back roads around Bragg Creek.  As the shadows grew longer and the heat of the day softened a little, I hoped to see some wildlife come out of the trees.  A few miles off the main road, I saw a Great Grey Owl perched on a fence post right on the forest’s edge.  It was pretty calm and just stared at me when I stopped my car and walked back towards it.

It flew a couple posts ahead of me and I expected it to not let me get too close.  Then it flew just in front of me, crossing the road, and landing on a post on the other side of the road right in front of me.  I was using a long lens which meant I couldn’t fit the bird in the frame as it landed in front of me.  It is always fantastic to be that close to Great Greys.  I took a couple of steps backward and enjoyed watching as the owl scouted for the field mice and rodents touring through the long grass along the fenceline.

I thought the owl might dive into the grass as it stared down periodically for several minutes.  In the end, it chose to fly off for a higher branch.

Too close to get a clean shot but I like the intention in the owl’s movement and its eyes.

A last stare (disapproving? menacing?) before heading further down the road.