Owl Prowl, Part 2

In the first of this owl prowl series, I posted a few images of the short-eared owls as they began to take flight during their ritualistic, late afternoon hunt over the prairies (if you missed it, you can click on this link to see it: “Owl Prowl, Part 1”).

In Part 2, I’m featuring some images that really made this photo trip a big success. After a little while of flying around (Part 1 images) low over the prairie, some of the owls came much closer to where I had my camera and tripod set up. A couple of owls even appeared to “check me out” as they continued to fly about:

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

As the sun fell below the horizon, a nice orange sky gave a nice background for one of the hunting owls:

Short-eared Owl hunting over the grassland

And within minutes, the sun was gone and the moon was out to play:

Moon over Shawnee Trail CA

I’m already watching the weather and working on planning another trip, or two, to photograph these wonderful little owls!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 400 to ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/50 sec. to 1/1200 sec.

 

 

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  • Alma

    Are you planing on taking photos of the Super Blue Moon on Jan 31st?

  • Alma

    Loved seeing your recently posted Alaska photos, even if they weren’t from this winter. Your close up work is incredible and inspirational. Not sure that I could withstand the same amount of coldness that you endured to capture them! In Aug/Sept when we were up there, it was cold, but the worst was the biting wind. :-)

  • Thanks, Alma. I don’t like extreme cold, either. But when you’re faced with such beauty, it is a little bit more tolerable :o)

  • Yes, Alma, as long as the weather permits. Been scouting around for a good location, where the horizon will be very short. Where I live, some of totality will occur below the horizon, so I’m trying to find the best place I can :o)

  • Alma

    I have done the same – like having a sore throat and being out in 34 degrees hiking a week ago at the Grand Canyon! Lucky for me that the homeopathic things that I had along took hold and I didn’t get sick! ;-O

  • Ugh, sore throats are definitely no fun!