Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 164 ~

Last weekend at the Fire and Ice Festival there were a few 
rescued feathered critters entertaining the crowds.


- Barred Owl -
Barred Owls are molted brown and white overall with dark brown, almost black eyes.
It is a large, typical owl - native to North America.
Best known as the hoot owl because of is distinctive call, 
it also goes by the name eight hooter, rain owl, wood owl and striped owl.




This owl had the most beautiful eyes.


- Raven -
This bird was rescued with broken wings and cannot be returned to the wild.


There were 3 Alpaca




It was almost impossible to get pictures with all the little kids pushing their way in front of me.
I did restrain myself, I did behave...it wasn't easy but I did try to be kind.
I always enjoy looking into an animals eyes,
the window into their soul...and the way I connect with them.
It was not possible with these three alpaca as they all needed their bangs cut.

This was such a fun festival and I enjoyed that it was during the winter.
A time when the hubs and I are always looking for a fun adventure.

Sharing today's images with 
Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen and 
Anni at I'd Rather Be Birdin

25 comments:

  1. That first photo!!! Wow! What a great festival and I love how you were able to get so close (without trampling over the kids :-) ) I would have loved to see the alpaca's eyes, too - they seem like such sweet animals. I can only imagine that their eyes would reflect this.

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  2. Very well done, despite the crowds.

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  3. Beautiful creatures!! I love those shaggy bangs on the alpaca! I remember as a child my mother saying, "get those bangs out ofyour eyes!"

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  4. oh, I wish I could have joined you. Beautiful shots of gorgeous creatures. Cutie pie owl. Amazing looking raven.

    I have always said the eyes are the window to the soul.

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  5. These are gorgeous, Debbie!
    That little face on that owl is just precious, and who could not love an alpaca???
    xo.

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  6. The owls are so amazing. I was going to say something about not being able to see the eyes on the sweet alpacas -- but you said it better. You did great getting photos in a crowded situation -- I tend to give up.)

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  7. Hello Debbie, I love the closeups of the Barred Owl. The alpacas are a favorite, they are adorable. Great critters and photos.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. ...and the barred owl is one of my FAVORITE owls!! I love to hear their callings. All of your image shares were great....a fun post.

    Thanks so much for adding your post link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week. Your participation is always appreciated.

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  9. The bangs? Hilarious!! As aways, you've captured some wonderful critters.
    Xoxo

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  10. The bangs? Hilarious!! As aways, you've captured some wonderful critters.
    Xoxo

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  11. The bangs? Hilarious!! As aways, you've captured some wonderful critters.
    Xoxo

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  12. Oh, how beautiful! Fur and feathers! Great photos!

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  13. I don't think I could be a bird owner or trainer.

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  14. What fun! I love to go to events like this. We hear the Barred Owls when we hike but I've never been able to spot one. It's a wish...or a goal this year! Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Great pictures. Yes,I agree, those Alpacas needed a haircut.

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  16. Oh Debbie I just love the expression you captured of the owl in the first picture, and like you said his eyes just speak to you!!
    Cool Raven pic too!
    So glad you were able to stay calm with all the kids getting in the way of your picture taking :) It is amazing that they can even see to get around with all that fur in their eyes that's for sure. Glad you had a great day out!

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  17. I love a happy ending and these little critters seem to have found it. Love the sweet owl. xx Karen

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  18. I love owls, and happy endings too.😄 What a nice post.

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  19. The barred owl is beautiful! I like alpacas too.

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  20. I really love all these beautiful critters !! How nice to see an owl!
    Greetings

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  21. Well done - you got some great photo's.

    All the best Jan

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  22. I love the birds!! Owls are a favorite of mine. I also confess to a love of Alpacas. I would have had a field day here.

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  23. I've been tracking our barred owls all year! They are the only ones with brown eyes.

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  24. Oh, my that owl is beautiful and the eyes are beautiful. I do think the eye's look into the soul. The photo of the Raven is awesome. Of course, I always enjoy the photos of the Alpacas. I liked the bangs on them. You two do have some fantastic adventures and I love that you bring us along.
    Blessings and hugs~

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