posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 11:28 PM
Love this thread!
Many I would like to share...but, it's late...so -
I was working out in a desert area... 24-hours, round-the-clock for nearly two weeks.
I stayed in an RV that had all the comforts I needed (satellite internet & tv, refrigerator, stove, bed, etc...), and through some of the days, when
my focus wasn't needed elsewhere, I would look out over the sagebrush, mesquite & cactus landscape, hoping to get a glimpse of my two favorite
creatures, since starting this "job" - I am guessing that they were "burrowing owls"...don't know for certain - but, they were the smallest owls
I'd ever seen.
Rarely would a day go by that I was not blessed with one or many sightings.
One night, late (after midnight, I believe), near the end of this stint, I thought I was having a heart attack, and wanting to get outside so others
might see me and possibly get help, I stumbled down the steps into the dirt...and lie there for at least a few minutes (presumably)... Regaining my
wits about me, I stood up, started brushing the dirt off...and walked toward the western edge of the "site".
After reaching this "edge", I simply gazed across the dark desert, and at the night sky...then caught a glimpse of one of the small owls skirting
the edge of the sagebrush...then, lighting on a stack of pipes that were about a hundred feet to my right.
I called out loud (though, there was too much other noise around for the bird to have heard me), something to the effect of "May I please look at
you?"... I don't think I expected anything - but surely wished...
Within a couple of seconds, I watched as the owl began readjusting its perch on the pipe/s...then, lept into flight, headed straight at me... It
continued flying at me, until I realized it would fly right into me...and, as I was about to jump out of the way, it pulled up, and began hovering
about 10 feet away, and perhaps 5 feet above me...giving me a perfect view of its breast, belly & under wings.
It held this fluttering hover for 5 or 10 seconds - I thanked it profusely - and it flew off, back into the darkness.