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Old May 16, 2011, 10:54 AM   #11
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Chris, that last image is awesome! There's a very large owl around here, but I've only seen him once, as I was driving out. He flew out of a tree ahead of me, & the wingspan was huge! I hear him everyday; and so want to get a photo of him.
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Old May 16, 2011, 11:43 AM   #12
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This is were the BBC Life-Planet Earth methology comes into play.

Sometimes they sit and wait 30 days for 30 second clip. So the more you are out there the more chances you have.

Get out the chair, some water, a bagel or two and wait. If you can, wear dull clothing so you don't stick out.

The professionals use a makeshift tent and build platforms in the swamps. Oh and mosquito repellent or protection may be required.

One thing about birds is that they know when eyes are on them and some professional birders wear vales to hide their eyes from the bird.

If I only had more patience to get the pilated woodpeckers that were mating earlier on.....

Hope I am not turning you into a meditating Buddha but I have learned it takes time for real wildlife shots.

I hope you get a shot of it to share.

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Old May 16, 2011, 12:03 PM   #13
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Chris, thanks for the tips; I absolutely love owls, & listening to their hooting!
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Old May 16, 2011, 12:13 PM   #14
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You are most certainly welcome CSA. The one I posted here I think is a barred I think. And it was hooting after it flew away to a much higher unseen branch.

It was more like "hoot too who" instead of just "hooo". I have its call on video though.

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Chris,

really nice shots, especially #3.
You are really a lucky guy to see this wonderful barn owl (Tyto alba),

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This is were the BBC Life-Planet Earth methology comes into play.

Sometimes they sit and wait 30 days for 30 second clip. So the more you are out there the more chances you have.

Get out the chair, some water, a bagel or two and wait. If you can, wear dull clothing so you don't stick out.

The professionals use a makeshift tent and build platforms in the swamps. Oh and mosquito repellent or protection may be required.

One thing about birds is that they know when eyes are on them and some professional birders wear vales to hide their eyes from the bird.

If I only had more patience to get the pilated woodpeckers that were mating earlier on.....

Hope I am not turning you into a meditating Buddha but I have learned it takes time for real wildlife shots.

I hope you get a shot of it to share.
You're right about eye contact! Birds really hate eyes, especially if you wear glasses! I always have to look away when shooting hummingbirds. The rest is, as you say, patience. If you sit long enough, they will eventually show up. Sometimes if I'm wearing a colorful hawaiian shirt, hummingbirds will buzz close looking at the flower print!

I have never seen an owl in my area during the day. I only see them at night, great horned, screech and occasionally barn. I once saw 3 barn owls in a "dance" making their signature clicking sound right over my yard but it was in the middle of the night....
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