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.
While on a pier shooting fishing boats at sunset I found a Great Egret. He was sitting down at the far end under an overhang. A person started to get a little too close, invaded his space really, so he was gone in a flash.
My position was perfect to shoot him from the first move off the pier to the final moment when he slipped off over the marsh.
Most of the time I am left looking at a ‘bird butt’ so I appreciate this series all the more.