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Old Jan 20, 2006, 10:44 PM   #1
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There is some local conservation land that I like to visit because it has Long Eared Owls. I didn't see any of those today, but I did find this guy:









The weather was quite warm and that caused the owl to wake up early and be alert (I'm told.) It certainly was more awake than usual!

Camera: 20D, 600mm f4, 1.4 TC. All shot at f5.6 and between 1/200 and 1/300th. Tripod.
Photoshop: crop, resize, sharpen (with some feathering) On the 2nd I had to blend multiple exposures to remove a hot spot.

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 6:05 AM   #2
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What a beautiful Owl. Nice photos in difficult situation. Looks like he is waving at you...or waving you away. He looks cold. Very nice job. Woody
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 12:11 PM   #3
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Fantastic shots Eric!! You've done a great job capturing a difficult subject in the wild. I know how hard it is to get shots like that.
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 3:23 PM   #4
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Glad you two like the images. I love that foot as well. I've seen screech put our their foot and work it like that. But never a saw-whet.

I've gone to that location many times and either not found a Saw-Whet or found it burried deep in the forest and therefor in very little light. This one was on the edge of the forest and the light made all the difference. I could actually shoot at a tripple digit shutter speed!

When I got home I was very happy with the images.

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Old Jan 21, 2006, 4:57 PM   #5
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Eric, great shots!!!!! Looks like the owl is just waking up and it's rubbing it's eye. Did you mark the tree for me so I can find it????:G:G:G

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Great captures, Eric!
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 11:35 PM   #7
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Great series Eric.* It just makes me smile to look at the progression of pictures.* Steve
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 8:22 AM   #8
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Glad you all like them.
I really like this series as well. I've got some more that I might edit up later, but the sticking out of that foot really got them when it happened. A nice distinctive thing that catches the eye.

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Great shots!
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