Hawk Owl

One from the archives 2006. One of the rare Hawk Owls came to the forest north of us. the place was packed with photographers. Cameras mounted on tripods, all with long lenses.
Camera Nikon D2X
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The owl

I search the forest tree by tree Whilst looking for an Owl I look and look but cannot find That clever silent fowl. Across the hoary frozen ground I walk along with craning neck I do look up and all around And quietly hiss O heck! The hoarfrost crackles under foot The trees are leafless, bare and brown In rotted hole above my head He blinks his eyes whilst looking down He flies on silent wings at night And from this hole that is his house He softly hoots and scans the ground To find his meal a trembling mouse. That clever silent flying fowl One day O yes one day I will see If I just act the trembling mouse Perhaps it will come to me. Said he the stranger that I met The owl drops pellets on the ground So if you want to find that fowl Do humbly bow your head look down Poul Thorsen 2013
I search the forest tree by tree
Whilst looking for an Owl
I look and look but cannot find
That clever silent fowl.
Across the hoary frozen ground
I walk along with craning neck
I do look up and all around
And quietly hiss O heck!
The hoarfrost crackles under foot
The trees are leafless, bare and brown
In rotted hole above my head
He blinks his eyes whilst looking down
He flies on silent wings at night
And from this hole that is his house
He softly hoots and scans the ground
To find his meal a trembling mouse.
That clever silent flying fowl
One day O yes one day I will see
If I just act the trembling mouse
Perhaps it will come to me.
Said he the stranger that I met
The owl drops pellets on the ground
So if you want to find that fowl
Do humbly bow your head look down
Poul Thorsen 2013

I met him in the forest

I had seen him on many occasions when walking or cycling through through forest, always sitting with his little dog and his beer. One day I stopped and got talking to him. He told me about a hard life of alcoholism, drugs and homelessness. We talked about mutual respect and love of animals. I saw him again shortly afterwards. He was sitting on the pavement outside the local boozer being helped unsuccessfully by a couple of people to get up. I have not seen him since. For best viewing click on image to enlarge. Camera Fuji x100s
I had seen him on many occasions when walking or cycling through through forest, always sitting with his little dog and his beer. One day I stopped and got talking to him. He told me about a hard life of alcoholism, drugs and homelessness. We talked about mutual respect and love of animals. I saw him again shortly afterwards. He was sitting on the pavement outside the local boozer being helped unsuccessfully by a couple of people to get up. I have not seen him since.
For best viewing click on image to enlarge.
Camera Fuji x100s