The Tale of the Eastern Screech Owl (Six photographs)

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You have to admire the nature photographers who go out and shoot owls wide-eyed in daylight against perfect backgrounds. We were talking to some friends when one pointed out that there was a screech owl behind us and off we went like lightening. The photographs from that episode are the ones where all you see is its face, not surprisingly they are backlit etc. Exposure and focus were an issue. You can see the wink, the closed eyes and my attempt at a side view. When we returned the following day, the owl had moved to another tree, but was now besieged by a larger crowd of bystanders and photographers, all waiting for it to wake up and show its bright yellow irises. The owl was now just barely out of the hole and more prominent. After a long wait I figured it was not going to wake up and the backlighting was only getting worse. Others figured out the same thing and the crowd thinned out. Owls are relatively rare birds where I am and I will jump at any chance to photograph them. We went back the next week, this time with my new D7200. All of the shots are cropped significantly but one of the shots was taken at 1000 ISO. This was a test to see what was possible and I am very pleased.

Eastern Screech-2

Eastern Screech Owls-3

Eastern Screech Owls-4

Eastern Screech Owls-2

Eastern Screech Owls-1

 

27 responses

  1. Very nice shots

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    July 3, 2015 at 4:28 am

  2. Lovely owl

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    July 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

  3. Ooh, love the first two. Exactly how I feel in the mornings. 😛

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    July 3, 2015 at 9:24 am

  4. Awwwe…they are so cute!

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    July 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

  5. TPJ

    You have a shot with both eyes open!!! Rare when they are in a tree. Nice.

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    July 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

  6. what a great photo, I have seen some of your works. They are excellent photos, you must spend a lot of time and resources and great knowledge & experience. Each of your photos is a lecture for me. Thanks for sharing

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    July 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    • Thanks for coming by, a pleasure to share my work and thoughts.

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      July 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  7. Very nice series. You must have been patient waiting for the owl to open its eyes. Great image with the eyes fully opened. Otherwise you seem to have a sleepy or squinting owl. Fun as well

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    July 3, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    • Thanks. In fact these were taken over a few days and I have another series coming. I felt the various expressions of the owl were interesting even if the eyes were not open as often as I would have wished. My conscience would not permit me to remain as the a crowd of tripods grew facing the bird so I rationed my time.

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      July 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  8. Oh lucky lucky you to spend time with an owl ….as welll as great pics ! :)) trees

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    July 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  9. Pat

    Such a cute little owl.. I love these shots.

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    July 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm

  10. Some really marvelous images here, Victor. My favorites are the 1st and 4th. Owls are fascinating birds.

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    July 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm

  11. natuglen

    Excellent photo !!

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    July 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  12. I really like these owl images!! Amazing how nicely it blends in the with colors of its home!! Owls are such interesting birds!

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    July 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  13. looks like how i roll out of bed every morning

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    March 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

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