An owl in the trees
Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/800th of a second at f/4 on ISO 6400
Earlier, before I waited with the Great Blue Heron for a decent part of the morning, a Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) hunted along one of my favourite Bragg Creek backroads. I had parked my car, slung my tripod over the shoulder and headed down the road trying to listen for sights and sounds in the trees bordering the gravel. The owl swooped in front of me, flying near eye level a few metres away.
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Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/640th of a second at f/4 on ISO 5000
I hadn’t noticed it before the flyby but my attention was held for the next twenty minutes before it dissolved into the forest gain. During that time, the bird alternately perched, then flew, then perched again.
Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 24-105mm lens (at 105mm): 1/200th of a second at f/4 on ISO 5000
It kept eyes on the ground from the boughs and fence posts. When it flew it was on a line to something scurrying in the grass that was invisible to me. Twice the owl hovered over a spot briefly which was really interesting to watch.
The owl’s wing motion to stay in relatively the same spot was new to me which was great.
Canon 5DIII camera with a Canon 500mm lens: 1/1250th of a second at f/4 on ISO 5000
This entry was posted on October 4, 2013 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Birds, Nature, Wildlife and was tagged with animal, BIF, bird, flying, Great Gray Owl, nature photography, strix nebulosa, wildlife photography.