Owl, Unexpected Turn - Click To Enlarge

Owl, Unexpected Turn

This is a Barred Owl.

Owl, Unexpected Turn - Click To Enlarge
Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken as the bird was being fed by the handler (part of a breeding and education program).

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

The idea behind this series was to capture the birds wings when landing and leaning over the food protecting it (a mantle). This position gives the best view of the feather structure that allows silent flight.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

I had time to quickly change a few lens settings since the owl was flying fairly slow. Also the lens used here was a good focal length (70-300) for this distance.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

A nice side portrait was next, however…

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

the handler put out some food on a tree behind me and was walking away. The Owl saw an opening and took it. Me standing there really didn’t matter at all.

At this point I would love to add the perfect shots as he barreled right over me.

I had a great lens for slow shooting at this distance. Not a very good lens for fast focus of a bird coming head on. Blurs.

 

2 thoughts on “Owl, Unexpected Turn”

    1. Thank you. I did miss the best shots though. The only Tamron lens we still have is a 70-300. It’s very good for this distance, and little quick focusing. I rarely use it for wildlife, but in this more controlled environment it’s good. During this shoot the owl flew to me several times, I never caught a close up ‘in my face’ that was clear.

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