Short-eared Owls

Last Saturday I made a trek up to Fir Island (Skagit Valley, Washington) in hopes of capturing some bird images. We had a short break in the stormy fall weather and it seemed like a good opportunity to see what changes were made to the dike at Rawlins Road.  To my surprise it actually looks like the dike removal along the beach may be an improvement to the ecosystem there, I guess time will tell. The good thing is that there is still access to the shoreline there and I look forward to the migration of the Short-eared owls there this winter.  I didn’t see any that day, but here is one of my favorite shots from last season. 

Thanks  for stopping by,


Short-eared Owl – Fir Island, Washington

Copyright © 2009 Jay Taylor Photography Image taken using the Canon 1D MkII set on aperture priority (Av) with EF-S 500/4L IS USM + 1.4X teleconverter.  Handheld. The exposure was taken at 700mm,  f/6.3 for 1/2000th of a second at  ISO 500 usingCenter-weighted averaging  metering. Post processing done in Lightroom 2.5  and Photoshop CS3.


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