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Old Apr 20, 2015, 6:24 AM   #1
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Default The Owl is out and it brought a mate!

Well spring is here and the windows are open at night and the owls have begun their nightly caterwauling. We have barred owls and they make a distinct 'who cooks for you, who who cooks for you?' call to alert others of their territorial claim and to call in mates. This time of year they also make a sound that we think is more like monkeys, if you want to hear what it sounds like all about birds has some recordings.

Well being spring, these birds have the "fever" and the calling starts well before sunset, as was the case this past Saturday. With the leaves not yet out we were able to spot the big owl we have seen for years and I have occasionally been lucky enough to photograph. Knowing that it likes to roost in a tall pine helps as they can really blend into the bark with their molted pattern.

Barred Owl in Tree by ramcewan, on Flickr

After several calls we saw a smaller owl work it's way in close on another big pine. After a few minutes the smaller owl had decided to alight on the same tree as the big one. The two sat together like this for a few minutes giving me a wonderful opportunity to get a few shots.

Owls in Pine Tree by ramcewan, on Flickr

They then took off to another tall oak and sat up there calling for a few minutes, until the bigger one took off silently into the forest with the smaller one following shortly behind.

Barred Owl Pair by ramcewan, on Flickr

Barred Owl Pair by ramcewan, on Flickr


All shots taken with the E-M1 and 50-200, handheld, shutter priority mode with the digi-TC on. First shot was SOOC JPEG lightly tuned in LR and the others were RAW cropped and tuned in LR.
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.....wonderful and very well captured. ENVY..............
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.....wonderful and very well captured. ENVY..............
I'll second that! Good job Ramcewan.
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 11:32 AM   #4
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Don't you just love owls, they are wonderful birds and you have caught these quite nicely.
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 12:59 PM   #5
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We supposedly have a lot of eagles around here, but I've only been lucky enough to see one up close once in two years. I guess you have to just know where to look. You were really lucky that you were able to get a shot of both birds without any branches in the way. Good job!
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Great shots Ramcewan
You captured some Beautiful birds
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Wonderful birds, wonderfully captured! A h-owling great job.
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That's so cool you were even able to spot them, much less get such good shots.
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