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Old Dec 19, 2005, 7:39 PM   #1
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I was doing the Christmas Bird Count for Mass Audubon on Sunday and I found this Great Horned Owl:

It was rather deep in a red pine forest and way up in the tree. I'm happy how it came out, but I had to use mirror lockup to get something good. There just wasn't enough light for anything else (1/30th of a second at 600mm!)

Then today I went out looking for merlins. I didn't find them, but I did find this:



A few more here:
http://esmith.marx7.org/galleries/brooks%2Dbarred

I've never seen a barred just sitting out on a branch like this. They are always getting cover in a conifer of some kind. So even though there are a lot of sticks in the background I was happy to find one in fairly good light (when the sun peeked out, that is.)

Great Horned:
Camera: 20D 600mm f4 1/30 f5.6 tripod & mirror lockup
Computer: RAW blended two images to reduce sky glare, contrast, crop, reduce, sharpen.

Barred:
Camera: 20D 600mm +1.4 TC f4 1/500-1/800 f6.3 tripod
Computer: RAW contrast, crop, reduce, sharpen.

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Old Dec 19, 2005, 8:23 PM   #2
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Those are excellent photos. They look exactly like one would expect to find on a walk in the woods. Good eye to spot them too. Usually you see them only when they fly off.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 9:26 PM   #3
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Awesome shots, Eric!
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Very nice! Alot of detail in all three.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 10:12 PM   #5
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Very nice, Eric!!!! Glad to know owls are becoming a bit more abundant now.

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Old Dec 19, 2005, 11:22 PM   #6
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Very nice catches. Wish I'd see a few of these guys here. The only one I've see that was 'shootable' was when I didn't have my camera with me.
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Old Dec 20, 2005, 12:35 PM   #7
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Yes, they're all good captures! I'd love to shoot a Great Horned. If the Winter is cold, I'll get a chance at a Snowy.

We have three Owls that live in Brooklyn, but the only one I've been able to shoot is the Short Eared, one of the few daylight hunters in the tribe.

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Glad you all like them. While I'm not a great fan of the cold, I'm willing to dress warmly and go out looking for owls when winter hits. Its one of the hilights of the season for me.

I feel I should mention that the second shot is near full frame but the first one is about 1/2 frame or so.

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Old Dec 20, 2005, 2:52 PM   #9
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I'd love to see the full frames of both!!! resizing just doesn't show enough for me. I'm hoping after the holidays I'll get time to start exploring through the pine areas in my neck of the woods.

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I'd love to see the full frames of both!!! resizing just doesn't show enough for me. I'm hoping after the holidays I'll get time to start exploring through the pine areas in my neck of the woods.

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You sure about that? The basic size of my images are 4288 across...:G

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