Sorry to finish this trilogy so late today, but something amazingly serendipitous happened ... after I took the trash to the landfill and went grocery shopping. I'll share it tomorrow.
Tremendous cute factor involved, so be warned ...
In the mean time, where was I ?
Oh yes ...
After stalking the two barred owls and getting a double shot, my cup was full to overflowing.
Lying on the dock in the late afternoon breezes, I was content and only half focused on photography.
It would have been tres easy to doze off, had it not been for the antics of a pair of cardinals, bathing in the tiny puddle formerly known as "The Pond".
They were flitting about, jumping from branch to branch on a dead tree that used to be underwater. Every so often, the female cardinal would slip into the water and splash about a little, before zipping up to the limbs to look around.
I was focusing on her when she stopped, mid splash, and froze.
I looked around to see what was up.
The grey squirrel in the willow froze too.
The male cardinal, who had been bouncing around above the bathing female stopped and looked around. I followed his gaze ... nothing.
When I turned back to the puddle, the cardinals were gone and the barred owl was drinking deep from the shallow water.
AN OWL DRINKING WATER!!!
It seems so mundane, and yet, I'd never seen it before.
I think I had assumed they got all their moisture needs from the bodies of their prey, but this guy was slurping deeply.
When he finished his drink, he slipped silently up into the willow, perhaps a little embarrassed at being caught in such a normal, mortal act.