How do you train an Owl? Invite some people to sit or stand in a specific spot, then have the Owl fly between or over them.
The good news being the Owl really wants to avoid people, it’s the food being offered by the handler that’s imortant.
There were some times the Owl wasn’t interested in the food or handler. But for the most part all went according to plan.
This was at the end of the day and several people were invited to participate. Made for some great photos. Of course Ellen was used as a special prop trying to get the bird to swoop at and over her camera.
As this Heron took flight, away from my location, I thought it would end like most of the others. A perfect shot of ‘Bird Butt’. Not so.
The series below was captured because the entire flight was about 30 yards. I guess he was looking for a better fishing spot. Great, since I caught the take off and landing. Never had that happen before.
First the take off…
Now getting distance…
Planning the landing…
In hind sight he might have been able to jump that far.
I found myself returning to the pier to photograph the fishing boats several times. It’s fairly small, with 3 distinct piers that allow for easy access.
Depending on the time of day, and which pier we walked, the light and boats each took on a different feel.
Getting out to the boats requires a short walk along a boardwalk, running through a marsh. The biggest problem getting out to piers is getting side tracked by all the birds. Egrets, herons, and all types of rails are here. Oh yeah, pelicans too.