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Old Feb 8, 2013, 5:30 PM   #1
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In a park in Punta Gorda are a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls, I only got a few shots of the chicks, parents were hiding. The city blocks off the site perimeter so I couldn't get too close. Pentax Q with DAL 55-300 (1650mm field of view) on a mono-pod.

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Old Feb 8, 2013, 5:36 PM   #2
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Really great captures. Just heard this is the time they start to hatch.
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They are so cute and look so soft.

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Try putting your hand in there Patty

Excellent shots with that combo on a mono Mike !
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Really nice shots Mike. I never would have thought the Q could pull off such nice images.
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A few days later and the lighting is no better than last time, extreme back lighting on a fuzzy body, again monopod with DAL 55-300 f8, last shot with DAL 55-300 on Kr for scale. This time I shot in raw and tried to compensate for the poor lighting but still couldn't get the shadows sharp.

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That's some difference between the Q and the KR. I think you did a really good job of processing considering the lighting conditions.
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Nesting season for GH Owls here too - these are some very nice photos of the young'uns!

Lighting was indeed difficult - but still good results. Does the Q have less dynamic range, due to the smaller sensor?

Thanks for showing the difference in perspectives of Q vs KR!
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Hans these are great shots of the little fur balls! Nesting season is in the spring here and I hope to see the GHO that nested here last year return.

While in Florida recently I did photograph a male GHO but could not get close enough and the Owl was always with its head facing away. The female was on her nest and all I could see were her ears sticking up.

These owls get high in the trees and can be a challenge to photograph. Your combination of the Q with the 55-300 did a fine job of bringing them close.

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These owls get high in the trees and can be a challenge to photograph.
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Thanks guys.

In talking with the locals it seems the owls are squatters in a Bald Eagle nest. Every year after the Eagles are done with the nest the GHO's move in. I missed the Eagles this year, Next year I will check in early January

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