Galapagos Short-eared Owl, up close and personal!

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On the Galapagos island of Genovesa, the Short-eared Owls hunt the storm petrels in their nests in the lava. They are amazingly camouflaged and the best way to spot one is to a) have a great guide; and 2) watch for them to fly out. Sometimes you get really lucky and have one land at your feet.

Only small ships (30 passengers or so) are allowed to go to Genovesa; the larger cruise ships can't anchor there. One of the reasons I chose the ship I did! It was my favorite island....

Here's the terrain--those are Galapagos Storm-petrels in the air--
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We first saw one from afar and suddenly he flew up and landed down in a very dark crevice very close to us--I didn't even have time to change any settings and shot this at ISO 250 1/50th--when I did change to a higher ISO of course he turned around and never looked straight at us again. But I got this one sharp shot of him looking straight at me--

200-400vr
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A little while later we saw another one in a crevice. Some of the group sat on the edge and in a few minutes the little guy hopped up and out--this shot is just to show you how close he came--(shot by my spouse actually with a D70 and 80-400VR)
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So, the owl was nice enough to hang for awhile and I had trouble getting these at 200mm (couldn't step any further back!) All these with 200-400VR

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The Galapagos are amazing for bird photography!
 
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Thank you everyone for looking and commenting.

Just love 'em, neat series and thanks for the wonderful travelouge Janet, is there more?
Andreas, of course there is more :biggrin: Did you see my other posts on the Blue-footed Boobies and the Albatrosses? I'm actually processing island-by-island, and have some web pages up but not yet connected to my website. Should I post the links to what's done so far? Or wait till its all finished?
 
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I'm enjoying each one of your Galapagos posts.
Short-eared owls are wonderful because they have such a wide distribution. There aren't many species which can be seen both here in the British Isles and in the Galapagos, and in so many places in between!

Alan
 
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fantastic shots of a beautiful bird I have not yet been able to see or photograph
 
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