More Short Eared Owls February 2018
My spouse and I went back out south of town looking for the short eared owls we had been shooting back in January before we left for Yellowstone. Several local folks told us they had departed, but we went down anyway. We watched about a half dozen northern harriers hunting over the tilled ground as sunset approached, but didn't seen any owls.....until just about 10-15 minutes before sunset.
All of a sudden we saw four owls, two on posts and 2 sitting on the ground. Owls are nocturnal hunters so they don't want to ruin their night vision by hunting during the day. But suddenly we were surrounded by at least 6 owls flying in all directions. I managed to grab a few frames that I thought were worth keeping.
1DX ISO 6400 Tamron 150-600 G2 at 600mm 1/1000th f7.1 The light was low again, but was directional still a bit
Aerial battles ensued - 1DX ISO 8000 Tamron at 600mm 1/1000th f6.3 - less sharp than I prefer but interesting image
Landing in the grass - 1DX ISO 10,000 ( way too high for a 1DX file ) Tamron at 600mm 1/1000th at f6.3
15 minutes after sunset 1DX ISO 5000 Tamron at 600mm 1/1000th f6.3
A few more frames here - https://pathfinder.smugmug.com/Animals/Short-Eared-Owls-and-More-Jan-Feb-2018/
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