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And the wind owls for me...

Discussion in 'Birds' started by PJohnP, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    I've been running around with business a fair bit of late, and haven't been posting photographs as a result. But at sunset today, in-between a day of work and a night of e-mail and reports, I wandered past an old haunt of mine, where I espied a friend of long standing.

    A slow walk over ensued, so that I might not startle him, and then he stood calmly as I shot a series from a few long strides of distance away.

    D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR with TC14EII (net 550mm), f/9, 1/160s, ISO200, cropped about 25% (upper left side), processed in NC

    Burrowing Owl, Odessa, TX

    Weighed down with work ? Ah, well. There's a good answer to that. Always shoot.

    John P.
  2. cool shot John, nicely done and a great find ;^ )
    . always leave the crowd wanting more!

  3. So glad to see he was co-operative - looks like you've got a friend there. The TC14EII is certainly living up to its reputation as being very sharp, that's for sure! Good capture!
    Cheers, Sandi
  4. Very nice!! :)  :)  :) 
  5. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    As you say, long time, no posts. :? OTOH, a few shots like this one more than trump a few dozen routine quacker and honker shots.... 8)

    Great capture. Glad that you are back in the game. ;-)

  6. Burrowing owls are such cute little guys. Nice image John.
  7. Holy, Moly, Batman :!:, gorgeous.

    A "few long strides" you say? What would you estimate then, 15 feet or so? I know these are fairly small, right? I am ecstatic when I can measure distance in double-digit-yards up here. This is plain awesome.

    When I first noticed the image the coloration bugged me, until I saw the explanation, and then it was obvious, and looked very good. Reminded me of a workshop with Ron Reznick where we photographed some Snowy Owls, and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get mine to look the right color, white, it had this "green tint". When I asked Ron he said "Where was the bird", I said "Under those green, leafy branches.....oops" :oops:  . It is amazing what the different quality of light during the day can do, isn't it? And you caught it here in a very complimentary way.

    By the way, did you provide the Owl with dinner or something for being such a nice subject? Perhaps at least Union Scale :?: :?:
  8. Although I'm not normally an animal shooter - that's a really nice shot !
  9. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
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  10. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005

    Keith :

    Chuckle. I'll try and post another one or two tonight.

    John P.
  11. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Frank :

    I've been shooting, just not posting because I've had limited time to do so. If I can get a moment or two, I'll get some other material up in the next day or so. If I had enough time, I could post to almost every category here in the Cafe, but I'm off to work in a moment or two.

    John P.
  12. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005

    Maybe eight to ten feet away. It's a matter of approaching in a "stepped" manner where I make a couple of steps, stop for a minute or two, and then make another movement.

    Yup, the light was getting extremely coloured - the sun was just about to disappear.

    Last year, when I shot a family of five young owlettes, I brought ground beef that I rolled into small pellets for the young ones because I was scaring away prey. Maybe I'll bring this one some meat today.

    Glad you liked the shot. Thanks for the kind words.

    John P.
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