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Old Apr 28, 2012, 2:32 PM   #1
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Owls and chicks were in a Tall hemlock tree at a cemetery in our town. The female with chicks were about 50' off the ground and were in shade for most of the shots. The female stayed put but the chicks were hopping from limb to limb testing their wings. I expect they will fledge in a few days.

All the shots were hand held and taken with the K5 and Sigma 150-500mm.

Winds were strong gusting to 20MPH so the tree was moving the subjects and it was hard to properly frame shots. Some shots were taken when the wind blew the tree so that branches that were in front of the subjects moved out of the way leaving a clear shot.


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The Male was in another Hemlock tree about 1/10th of a mile away but within eyeshot of the female and chicks. He was perched higher up than the female.








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Lovely series Lou. Seriously jealous of you guys with all these great birds .. I never even get to hear an owl here
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Great shots Lou, I tried to get a Horned Owl family in Feb. but they were too well hidden in a tall pine tree to get a shot.

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Great photos! My wife thinks the chicks at that age look like a dust mop.

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Brilliant series Lou. That first shot of the male is absolutely stunning!

I love the expressions owls make.
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Old Apr 28, 2012, 5:38 PM   #6
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Excellent, just excellent series. A few years ago there was a family of Great Horned Owls living in riverine forest I go for walks. A wonderful sight.

Your pictures are great...good combo that Pentax and Bigma....and of course the man behind the lens !
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Some wonderful family portraits, despite the wind & other difficulties. Good equipment in some great hands!

The male is certainly keeping a close eye on you!
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Thanks all for the nice comments. Ed, I agree with your wife.

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Old Apr 29, 2012, 9:40 PM   #9
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Awesome series! I often hear hooting, and once saw what I think was a owl. But I have yet to manage a shot of whatever the owl is that lives around here.
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Lou please don't make met choose a fav.
I never had any luck with predators, and these are all stunning.

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