CWC Releases
Saw-whet Owl
May 10, 2014

The third release on April 21, 2014, featured a saw-whet owl, which I photographed for Robin Graboski, the director of Centre Wildlife Care (CWC), the nonprofit animal rehabbing facility of central Pennsylvania.

A saw-whet owl is very small . . . especially when peeking out of its carrier.

Peeking saw-whet owl

As with most wild animals I've seen released, the saw-whet owl lost no time in making his escape to freedom.
Freedom flap of saw-whet owl

It took a while for the saw-whet owl to get his bearings, and he stayed nearby for a few minutes before going deeper into the woods. I appreciated the chance to have a good portrait of the little owl.
Saw-whet owl

That made three good releases of four animals on one day.

I've a photo album with more photos and text about the saw-whet owl release on Facebook for Centre Wildlife Care (which is a public page and open to everyone).

Overall, the three releases included the saw-whet owl (on this page) as well as two great-horned owlets and a short-tailed shrew.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA* 60-250mm lens for these photos, taken on 21 April 2014.

Note: Earlier in 2014, I photographed for CWC a grebe and duck release.

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