I have spent many hours and days watching and photographing owls in North America. They are my favourite subject and likely the area that I have the most knowledge of behaviour. From the north shore of lake Ontario where we can see 5 different species on any given day, to the swamps and mountains of the American South East where we could find owls years round we have had great exposure to these raptors. Our next step is likely out west which will give us exposure to a whole new group and will expand my knowledge of their behaviour.
After touching down, that look and those feathers....rather intense. Great Grey owl on the hunt, can’t remember if this one was successful, but it definitely heard a sound under the snow at that point.
Barred Owl on a Cedar Branch near Cranberry Marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario
Playing around with a few older shots tonight....almost missed this one but something in the lighting caught my eye. Saw-whet Owl in just enough light.
This would be one of the scariest things to see if you were a cute little bunny. Might be the last things since you likely won't hear it as it flies towards you. What a magnificent owl.
Finally, I have been hoping to find a Long eared owl for years. Found on a cold and windy day. It definitely took notice of me with the shutter going off but was pretty happy to just sit and try to figure out what I was doing standing in a cold field.
Great Grey Owl on a very brisk day...it seemed to handle the weather better than I did, I was lucky to get any good shots that day with my hands shaking from the cold. It was worth standing and waiting for it.
This was the start of a successful hunt. Straight down and back up to this post for a nice vole lunch.
Screech owl fluffing up the feather before getting ready for the nights hunt. This little fella came to a tree in our front yard for a couple of months before moving on for the winter.
Camping on the coast can have benefits as we were told of a family of Great Horned Owls on one of the hikes in Crooked river State Park in Georgia.
Better watch out it's coming right for me. Actually heading directly over head back out on the water to check for ducks.
I really love the patterns you can see on both the top and under side of the wings. Really spread out nice for this shot.
Zoom right into the thick of the tree to focus on the screech owl trilling out a tune.
Snowy owl surprised me today, I knew it was sitting out there on the pier but it looked asleep. I started taking shots of some of the ducks in the harbour until I saw its shadow out the the corner of my eye. Luckily for me it circled twice and then took off inland right past me allowing me to get a few shots (ok, more than a few) on the way by.
Came home last night after getting out of the house for a showing and saw a little lump of feathers standing in our driveway. It was pretty dark already so I couldn’t tell what it was at first...until it flew to a branch and then I could see it. Luckily I had the cameras in the car and took out the Sony a7III put it up to iso6400 and -2 exposure and took a couple of shots. I managed to get focus in very little light and pull up the exposure to get a reasonable looking shot. Amazing that I was able to get a pretty clear shot at 1/13 s at 400 mm. What a beautiful owl. Red morph eastern screech owl.
A good sized vole but still a quick meal.