All fluffed up against the cold!
This Northern Hawk Owl was wondering why this strange animal was hiking along the frozen creek bed (i.e. me). It was 1F with a windchill of -16F. Thankfully while taking my photos, the wind was at my back. Unfortunately hiking back to the car required going into the wind!
I tried to get a flight shot, but when the owl finally flew my fingers were too cold to react quickly enough to press the shutter in time! I also have include a picture I took early this morning along Pioneer Rd north of Knife River. I think the second photo demonstrates that birding is a lot more than just looking for our fine feathered friends; it’s about getting outside and enjoying the Northland!
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