I went over to the TR Sanctuary a couple days ago to help out with a couple of things. At some point I learned that the Eastern Screech-Owls (EASOs) are molting and so I thought it would be a good opportunity for a photoshoot.
I chose EASO #1, a prime specimen of Megascops asio asio. We just recently decided to take some measurements of EASO #1 to see if we could more certainly determine his sex, and of course the results were inconclusive (but leaning toward male). This Owl lives at the Sanctuary due to an eye injury and probable brain damage (my guess is due to an automobile collision). Unfortunately, the eye injury alone makes this guy unreleasable as he would be unable to fly, hunt, or evade predators.
Possibly as a result of the brain injury, he is a fairly calm Owl and was willing to be photographed for five minutes or so. In the following photos, the molt of his facial feathers is quite obvious (as are the pin-feathers that are growing back in) and, in my opinion, he appears rather Furby-like.
Finally, at the end, I have included two photos of my wife. She happened to be walking by with the Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA) and I couldn’t resist snapping a couple shots. The BWHA will be the subject of a future photoshoot.