January 8th, 2016 – Avian Friday: Rainbow Seeker

There are only a couple of things that I really enjoy about the winter season – river fishing for Steelhead and photography. Opportunities to catch one of the chrome bright anadromous fish though have become increasingly scarce, but being out in the wilderness areas even trying for them has therapeutic value and reprise from the daily grind of life in the city. Winter also though, provides bird photographers here in the Pacific Northwest a chance to see several species of raptors: Bald eagles, hawks, falcons, as well as a few species of owls. I’ve always been fascinated with the Short-eared Owl ever since first photographing them. Their numbers have been on the low side the past few years, but I was fortunate to find several of them last weekend and under ideal light conditions. I wasn’t able to get any closeup shot of them, but did manage to capture a few in-flight images during the last couple hours of daylight. I’m hoping some more luck with the weather soon to have another chance to get another look at them.

Short-Eared Owl (Asio Flammeus)

Stanwood, Washington 
700mm | 1/1000th Sec. @f/6.3 | ISO 400
Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 1,4X Rear Extender

Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC , Nik Define & ColorEfx Pro.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

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


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