Owls this for a disguise?
An eastern screech owl is barely visible at the entrance to a tree hole – thanks to its perfectly evolved camouflage.
These incredible pictures were taken by photographer Graham McGeorge, 42, in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.
An eastern screech owl disguised in the hollow of a tree in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
Screech owls are quite common across North America but they generally go unnoticed
Usually solitary, screech owls nest in a tree cavity, either natural or excavated by a woodpecker.
They have either rusty or dark grey intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts, helping them to blend in perfectly in their woodland homes.
The birds don’t actually build a nests. Instead, females lay their eggs directly on the layer of fur and feathers left over from previous meals that lines the bottom of its den.
They are strictly nocturnal, roosting during the day in cavities or next to tree trunks.
Although quite common, and often be found in residential areas, they generally go unnoticed.
Usually solitary, screech owls nest in a tree cavity, either natural or dug out by a woodpecker
They are strictly nocturnal, roosting during the day in their cavity nests or next to tree trunks
‘They are masters of disguise so you need to have a sharp eye in order to see them,’ he said.
‘I found this one that was living in a hole in the tree that woodpeckers usually make.
‘They are easily spooked and every slight movement I made would scare the owl and send it back inside the hole.
‘After 30 minutes or so it would come back out.’
Their call is a haunting tremolo with a descending, whinny-like quality
Eastern screech owls are about six to 10-in tall and found throughout North America.
Despite their name, this owl doesn’t truly screech; their call is a haunting tremolo with a descending, whinny-like quality.
They hunt from dusk to dawn.
Attribution: Mail Online