November 6th, 2015 – Avian Friday: Hunting on Autopilot
Owls have always been one of the more intriguing species of birds. Probably because they are not seen that often since many of them hunt primarily at night and roost during the day when most of us are out an about. The Short-Eared Owls that visit our region during the winter months tend to hunt at dawn and dusk. They can usually be spotted around the Skagit Valley delta area between December to February. One of the traits that make them such effective predators is their exceptional sense of hearing while also having the ability to remain relatively silent while in flight. This guy appears to almost be flying in his sleep with his eyes closed while trying to pinpoint the sound of an unsuspecting rodent rustling in the field below.
Short-Eared Owl (Asio Flammeus)
1000mm | 1/3200th Sec. @f/8 | ISO 1250
Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 2X Rear Extender
Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC , Nik Define & ColorEfx Pro.
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