I shared other images of this female Short-eared Owl in a fog back in November, the post was titled Short-eared Owl female – 13 minutes of joy. Many of those images were taken using between 280 – 400mm, with these images I backed the zoom all the way back to 200mm because the owl had been exhibiting behavior that indicated she might take off soon and I hoped to get some flight shots when she did.
Unfortunately when she did take flight my shutter speed was too slow to get any sharp images of her lifting off and the fog that was present made for tricky exposures but I enjoy these images all the same. I like the head on stare we were getting from her in the image above.
Horizontal Short-eared Owl female – D200, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 400, 0.0 EV, 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited
I like the second photo because it shows the owl looking at something in the distance, completely comfortable with our presence and the beautiful yellow of her eyes. The fog lends a wonderful atmosphere and the subtle hues of the background compliment the colors of the owl.
I hope to find some Short-eared Owls this winter in Utah, I think that some snow would make for a lovely setting for these delightful & enchanting birds.