April 7th, 2011 – Avian Friday: Short-Eared Owl

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to see these birds again, but the Short-Eared Owl is definitely one of my favorites to photograph. When this image was captured  I had walked out into the Owls hunting ground about an hour before dusk and sat on a stump in hopes of spotting one of the birds. Since I was already sitting there they hadn’t paid much attention to my presence and they proceeded to fly in  close proximity as they began their evening hunt for voles. Of the several images I  was able to capture that evening, I particularly liked this one for the sense of context it provided.

View of a Short-Eared Owl.  Fir Island, Washington

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF-500/f4 IS + 1.4X Extender , 700mm, f/6.3, 1/500th Sec, ISO 320, Hand-held. Post processing -Lightroom 2, Photoshop CS5.

To see a larger version or please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,


4 thoughts on “April 7th, 2011 – Avian Friday: Short-Eared Owl

  1. A superb capture, you must have been really pleased when you saw this on the back of your camera. Great positioning in the frame with perfect DoF. A little too saturated for my taste but a very well taken photo nonetheless.

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