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01-05-2013, 04:05 AM
I went out to take some pictures of snowy owls the other day. I found a few but they just sat there and didn't fly around.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8343648397_80b939ab77_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343648397/)
Snowy Owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343648397/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

Luckily there were some short eared owls flying around. I'm not a birder so I was happy that there were people there that knew what these were. I spent a couple of hours following them around with my lens. Also I should point out that I was using a new camera. It's a Nikon D800 and has 36MP. That helped as I ended up cropping many of these more than I normally would. It was a good day and I ended up with almost 80 "keepers``.

This first image was one of my last. On the way back to the car this guy landed on a post not far from the path. It was making a sound a lot like a cat here.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8343685746_c1781c42f7_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343685746/)
Short Eared Owl-79 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343685746/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8342621901_4909dc7002_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8342621901/)
Short Eared Owl-65 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8342621901/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8343422380_00ac0e1145_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343422380/)
Short Eared Owl-47 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343422380/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8343246930_4c95294e96_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343246930/)
Short Eared Owl-27 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8343246930/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8340799089_9791813177_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8340799089/)
Short Eared Owl-16 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8340799089/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8341856218_111159ebe2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8341856218/)
Short Eared Owl-7 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/8341856218/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

Sorry to post so many but once I get going, it`s hard to stop:) any comments or suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for looking!


Mad Aussie
01-05-2013, 04:33 AM
I'll give you a comment ... WOW!! Too many? no way! I love owls and these shots are awesome.

01-05-2013, 04:37 AM
Very nicely captured on all Dan. Really like that close-up in the second shot with the beak open. Perfect detail in this with a lovely, so creamy, background.

01-05-2013, 07:34 AM
WOW,great shots.........

01-05-2013, 09:54 AM
these are incredible. all of them.

01-05-2013, 10:49 AM
Very Nicely Done!

01-05-2013, 01:52 PM
Would have to agree, all of these are done very well. Love the expression on number 2!

01-05-2013, 04:37 PM
Another stunning set Dan. Cant choose a favourite, all are terrific. The shots with the owl in flight with the head turned are kinda cool. I am also fascinated by the size of its legs.

Matt K.
01-05-2013, 07:39 PM
Killer set, no question. Love the ones where the owl is looking straight at ya. #3 is my fav, though ... wonderful work ...

01-05-2013, 11:26 PM
I'll give you a comment ... WOW!! Too many? no way! I love owls and these shots are awesome.

Woah! That's another word... awesome work my friend... I could look at these all day long. :thumbup:

01-06-2013, 12:55 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments gang! It was a special day for me to get so many flying shots. I've only ever seen a handful of owls in the past and all they did was sit in a tree and stare at me:)

01-06-2013, 05:01 AM
very nice

01-06-2013, 10:52 AM
This is a fab set!!

01-06-2013, 04:35 PM
Nice set for sure!! I like that last one.....its an unusual view from the side withe the flat face.

01-06-2013, 07:19 PM
WOW. All I can say is awesome shots.

01-10-2013, 02:01 AM
The flying ones are cool, but so is that first one sitting on the neat pile of branches!

01-10-2013, 05:28 PM
That second shot is unreal!!!! beautiful work!!

01-12-2013, 12:39 AM
Just incredible. I can feel a "best picture" award.
Boundary Bay right?

Mike Bons
01-17-2013, 11:06 AM
Just an awesome set. I really like the warmth, composition of the in flight images in 4, 5, 6. Well done!