A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Photograph Orchids - An Owl Showed Up!

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I recently made a whirlwind trip to northern Minnesota to photograph a couple of species of wild orchids. This is the same area I go in the winter for a variety of wildlife. As I was cutting across the bog to another location I spotted this great gray owl less than 20 feet off the road. It allowed me an hour of it's time including a quick dive for a meal. I may have to split into a couple of posts as I got close to 500 keeper shots. I was able to utilize 2 bodies and 2 lenses. The bird even allowed me to change my position slightly as light changed the background. I hope you find these enjoyable.

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Superb! What a reward for being out in the field! Since you were hunting orchids, I'm very surprised you had your long lenses with you! Well done!
 
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Wow
You handled the situation really really well. Luck favors the prepared
Nicely done
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Thanks, Gary. I was working out of the car so I had the 500 f/4 and the 200-500VR with me.
Superb! What a reward for being out in the field! Since you were hunting orchids, I'm very surprised you had your long lenses with you! Well done!
Thanks, Karen. When I travel hundreds of miles by car, I usually take a little bit of everything. I must admit I was hoping to spot a great gray. People living in the area had been seeing a few over the weeks leading up to my trip. But, I have traveled up there in -20 degree weather and been skunked several times.
By the way, I did get some orchid shots as well as a couple bird species "firsts" for me. Very successful trip.
 

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Thanks, Gary. I was working out of the car so I had the 500 f/4 and the 200-500VR with me.

Thanks, Karen. When I travel hundreds of miles by car, I usually take a little bit of everything. I must admit I was hoping to spot a great gray. People living in the area had been seeing a few over the weeks leading up to my trip. But, I have traveled up there in -20 degree weather and been skunked several times.
By the way, I did get some orchid shots as well as a couple bird species "firsts" for me. Very successful trip.
Ah...... I agree. With a vehicle I carry ALL my gear.....just in case! When walking.......not! LOL!
 
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You must be blessed. Love the feet, the look like they’re covered in fur.
Thanks. It was unseasonably hot in the north woods. This was the last thing I expected to see. And then to have him so cooperative ..... Anything else on the trip was just gravy. (And, I got quite a bit of that, too!)
Lovely set Aaron. Its great when you go out looking for something and you end up with another subject as a bonus.
Thank you. This was the most successful trip I have taken in quite some time. 2300 miles in 4 days and hundreds of good photos of many species of plants and animals.
 
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Excellent photos of the owl. Lucky opportunity, and you took good advantage of it.

Are you going to show us the orchids?
 
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What a find! Except when I am in Florida and there are always birds around, I find trips for wildlife cn be hit or miss. You did very well capturing the moment you had.
 
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Excellent photos of the owl. Lucky opportunity, and you took good advantage of it.

Are you going to show us the orchids?
Thanks, Jim. I am working on those now. I have a few posted on my Zenfolio page in the Sax-Sim Bog Gallery. More to come.
What a find! Except when I am in Florida and there are always birds around, I find trips for wildlife cn be hit or miss. You did very well capturing the moment you had.
Thank you, Allan. I was even luckier than I indicated. There was nobody else around, which is unusual for this area. People come from all over the country. At times there are 20-40 people viewing and photographing the same bird. In addition, while I was viewing the owl the sun poked up over the trees behind me providing a nice front-lighting situation. So nice when things click.
 
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Nice find and well captured. One of my favorite birds to photograph.
Thanks, Bill. I have had the chance only a few times. But, I'll take any owl I can find. I think I am up to 6 or 7 species.
 

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