Short-eared Owl bathed in evening light

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Short-eared Owl bathed in evening light, Glacier County, MontanaShort-eared Owl bathed in evening light, Glacier County, Montana – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

This Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) image was taken just a little over a year ago in Glacier County, Montana. I still remember how cooperative this male was, the gorgeous golden light of the setting sun and the great location. I hope that I see more Short-eared Owls this summer, they have been a challenge to locate.

Mia

26 Comments

  1. Susan August 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful, simply beautiful:)

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you much for your comment Susan!

  2. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Simply beautiful… You seem to have gotten the evening light in his half closed eyes… makes me sleepy just looking at him!

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Merrill, I get sleepy looking at him too.

  3. Laurence Butler August 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I remember too : ) Those were wonderful series of photos, the best Short-eared Owls I’ve seen. Thanks for re-sharing.

  4. Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Mia this is absolutely spectacular! If you are in Utah now I recommend that you try the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for short-eared owls. I have photographed several of them within the past week at sunset. I have seen them mostly on the western half of the road as it approaches the loop. I consistently see a group of three hunting together there.

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Jennifer,

      I’m in Montana right now and enjoying every minute of being here. I’ll check out Bear River MBR when I get back, I usually see the Short-eared Owls there in the very early morning. I love that place!

  5. Linda Dougherty August 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I love all your photographs, but this one is especially stunning!

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks very much for your comment Linda!

  6. Larry Jordan August 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Exquisite!

  7. Hilke Breder August 15, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Magnificent bird! Perfect capture, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment Hilke.

  8. Jim Braswell August 15, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Gorgeous, Mia! Hoping to see them this winter when they overwinter in some Missouri prairies :o)

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for commenting Jim, I hope you see plenty of Short-eared Owls over the winter.

  9. Kathleen Finnerty August 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Beautiful image, Mia. The soft light of evening just adds another dimension. I’m trying to decide – is he just waking up for a night of flying? It ponders the question…

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Kath, the owl was waking up for a night time of flying & hunting. Been looking for this owl the past two days and haven’t been able to relocate it.

  10. judy watson August 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Beautiful!
    But funny cuz on the island I always hope to get me an owl on the posts at the dirt road. I’ve seen a bird sometimes on it but not an owl.

  11. Bob Zeller August 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Wow! An awesome shot, Mia. I agree with Dan, that is spectacular lighting.

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Bob, the light was wondeful that evening

  12. M. Firpi August 15, 2012 at 5:26 am

    I like just how fluffy and solemn it looks on that pole.

    • Mia McPherson August 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you Maria, the owl was very fluffed up

  13. Dan Huber August 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Wonderful Mia, love the lighting.

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