Category Archives: Owls

Not So Close Please, Barn Owl

There was a time, not so long ago, we ended each day with an exclamation ‘I need to take less shots’.

At the time I was serious. Having 1,000 images for a day meant work. Culling bad shots, triage on borderline photographs, and finally just skipping some for an image a ‘hair’ more interesting.

Below is a skipped photograph.

Not So Close Please, Barn Owl
Not So Close Please, Barn Owl

Now with my locations and options closed / limited I am thankful for large external hard rives and my itch trigger finger.

 

 

Barred Owl

I almost didn’t go to find him. If it was any other bird I would have passed on looking.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Owls have a habit of staying in the same spot for long periods of time. I could hear him and so I went down the swamp looking.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

He was still there, even calling across the water to another Owl.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

If he hadn’t been calling I would never have found him.

True to form he stayed there watching me photograph him. I took my shots and moved on.

A Barred Owl

The other day while out we bumped into a few photographer friends who also needed to get moving. Weather has been steadily getting colder and us of the southern climes tend to hide a little now. Freah air was needed.

It turned into a small 6 person tour of the wood/swamp. Not a single one of us trying to be quiet.

This owl didn’t seem to care.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

I think he was hoping we would walk by and leave him in peace, and we almost did since only one of us was paying any attention.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

With the exception of the first image the owl was watching the ‘traveling circus’ with the big cameras. Of which I was not one at this time.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

Half asleep he was paying attention to the others, I had just fell behind and moved a bit into the woods.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

The Owl watched us all but was bored and could hardly keep his eyes open.

We all took a gazillion photographs, most all useless I guess since the light was gone quickly.

However, the Owl fell asleep and we moved on since this really wasn’t about photography at all. It was a chance meeting of friends, photographers, and lots of laughs.

At each others expense of course.

Global #ClimateStrike , September 20, 2019 We Are Closed

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