Sunday, 24 January 2010

Owl prowling again

What an amazing week, this first bird "blew my socks off" having it perched in front of me for a while I made a little squeaky noise to get it's attention, it flew straight at me and perched on my 600mm lens hood ( lens hood list is now 5; Barn Owl, Spotted flycatcher, Robin, Kingfisher and Blue Tit) my other body had a 300mm on it and the 3rd was zipped in the Lowpro on the back seat, I tried to get the camera on my phone so I had a record of this astonishing moment, however the bleepy noises the phone made spooked the Owl back to the fence post, which was so disappointing!
However; Friday night, Steve, I and Paul Hackett set off on a marathon Owl Prowl around the lanes of Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire, we got 8 Barn Owls, 7 Tawny Owls a Badger and a herd of Fallow Deer. 3 of the Tawny Owls allowed a very close and prolonged view and Paul was able to digiscope one of them.
All of the night shots here are uncropped with Canon EOS1DsMkIII and 300mm f2.8IS + 550EX flash, the first Barn Owl is with the 600mmf4IS on a 1DsMkIII
A huge amount of new Owl shots (and some older images) uploaded to my Flickr this week.


DK Miller said...

Those are amazing shots.

Anonymous said...

You really did get some astonishing shots here and the story you wrote with the post is sort of amazing. I guess it must be the sounds or something. I never saw an owl do these things. I have seen Screech owls pounce on field mice and rip them apart to eat them.

Since we have lived here since 1962, I have only seen one pair of Screech Owls and I used to hear hoot owls during the day talking to back and forth to each other, but nothing lately.